[Market-farming] edge of bed grows better

Richard Robinson rrobinson at nasw.org
Tue Mar 8 10:30:08 EST 2011


On 3/8/2011 at 10:29:01 AM, Avalon Farms wrote:
> Does anyone know why the mesclun on the edge of the beds grows 10 times
> faster/better than the rest? They are 3 ft wide beds in a hoop house. Fairly
> even moisture and fertilizer. But the plants on the outside of the beds
> always grow better. The only thing I can think of is that the edges naturally
> get compressed a bit more and the centers stay fluffier. This soil is sandy
> clay/loam.

My first thought is that it's a simple density effect--the plants in the middle have 
competitors on all sides, while those on the edge do not. Perhaps you could seed less 
densely?


  Richard Robinson
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  Hopestill Farm
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