Himself Jevons (John Jeavons) calls his method biointensive, it is based on the properties of anaerobic and aerobic bacteria.
The main idea of the technique is simple – you need to grow healthy vegetables in healthy soil, without chemicals, pesticides, helping nature to cope with pests and diseases in natural ways.
Jevons’ first principle is soil liming. It not only changes the pH level of the soil, but also changes its composition. Thanks to liming, which is carried out in the fall, before heavy rains, many weeds will disappear on their own, since they will not be able to adapt to changes in the usual soil. In addition, liming helps the soil to stay loose, water and oxygen better penetrate the roots of plants..
Jevons’ second principle is double digging. Yes, this is a more time consuming way of creating vegetable beds. The second time the soil is dug up with humus, compost, which is prepared in advance. We advise you to use a rectangular, perfectly sharpened shovel, and make the beds no more than 1.5 meters wide, the length is usually up to 10 meters, if the area of the site allows. Liming together with double digging and humus application will provide ideal soil for growing crops.
The third principle of Jevons is that plants, seeds or seedlings are planted at times that are familiar to your region. In this case, seedlings or seeds must be planted in a checkerboard pattern so that the distance is the same. Farmer’s recommended distance between plants:
|Culture||Distance between holes (centimeters)|
|Beets, onions, garlic||ten|
|Sweet peppers, eggplants and cucumbers||thirty|
|Corn, cabbage, zucchini||38|
The distance between tomatoes depends on their variety, because there are more spreading tomato bushes, tall, and there are small.
The fourth principle of Jevons is that a special composition helps to fight pests. Here is his recipe: fresh mullein should be filled with water in a ratio of 1: 2. He wanders for a week, then two parts of compost and one part of dairy products are added to the mullein with water. It is possible to use the whey which is returned after milk separation. The composition is again diluted with water so that the beds can be watered. Great for helping against fungal diseases of vegetables.
The fifth principle of Jevons is that you need to water the plants with a special microbial solution. This is one of the farmer’s main secrets, this composition replaces mineral fertilizers and chemicals. The recipe for microbial composition: a liter of whey, a tablespoon of sour cream, a liter of water and a tablespoon of honey. Everything is mixed, diluted with another 8 liters of water, 10 grams of yeast is added. The composition should stand for a week in a dark place, after which it is used to water the plants..
In addition, Jevons believes that many weeds are good for the garden as they repel pests. These include nettle, quinoa, field mint, euphorbia, tansy, sow thistle, yarrow, medicinal wormwood, chamomile. In small quantities, these plants have a positive effect on the state of vegetable beds, stimulate their growth and force pests to leave for other areas..
The farmer assures that improving the composition of the soil and the introduction of a microbial solution significantly increase the immunity of vegetable crops, and healthy plants are much better at resisting pests and diseases. This becomes the key to a rich harvest without pesticides and other poisons..