agriculture review

The Art of French Intensive Gardening

by aditya abhishek

Also known as raised bed, wide bed, or French market gardening is an amazing technique that has been around since the 19th century.

In a French intensive garden, crops are planted in a small, highly productive area, allowing for maximum use of space & resources. It is a perfect model for urban gardening. 

Raised Beds

Preparing raised beds is one of the key feature of French Intensive Gardening. These beds are typically 3-4 feet wide and 8-20 feets in length. 

Height of the raised bed depend on local climate. In hot tropical climate, height could be 1 to 2 inches while in colder climate it could be 6 to 8 inches. 

3 to 4 inches layer of composed is added by digging the soil one month before plantation. Double digging is practiced to improve soil aeration. 

Companion Planting

Another important aspect of French intensive gardening is the use of companion planting.It involves planting crops together that have complementary growth patterns. 

For example, planting onions and carrots together can help to repel pests and improve the soil's nutrient content, while planting beans and corn together can help to fix nitrogen in the soil.


One of the most significant benefits  is its ability to produce high yields of crops in small spaces and it also reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

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