Regenerative Gardening Can Be Based On Regenerative Farming Techniques That Promote Healthy Soil And Sustainable Food Production. Here Are Some Of The Great Techniques That Gardeners Can Learn From Regenerative Agriculture.

Regenerative Gardening Is Similar To Permaculture. Below are some of the basic concepts.

Building healthy soil

Soil Porosity Is Largely Determined by Particle Size
Soil Porosity Is Largely Determined by Particle Size
  • This is the foundation of regenerative practices. Good gardeners already practice these ideas.
    • Composting: Turning kitchen scraps and garden waste into nutrient-rich compost to feed the soil.
    • Cover cropping: Planting cover crops to suppress weeds, fix nitrogen in the soil, and improve drainage. For me this is far better than covering with plastic or tarps. See my article on growing fodder radish (mooli).
    • Mulching: Using organic materials like straw or wood chips to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.
    • No-till (No dig) practices: Minimising soil disturbance to preserve soil structure and microbial life.


  • Regenerative agriculture promotes a diverse range of plants and animals. Gardeners can incorporate this by:
    • Planting companion crops: Selecting plants that benefit each other, attracting pollinators, and deterring pests. OR by planting a biodiverse and biointensive mix of veg in our beds.
    • Creating wildlife habitat: Providing food and shelter for beneficial insects, birds, and other creatures that help control pests and contribute to a healthy ecosystem. This is what we strive for in our food forest .

Water Management

  • Conserving water and promoting healthy water cycles is crucial. Gardeners can practice …
    • Rainwater harvesting: Collecting rainwater for irrigation to reduce reliance on tap water.
    • Drought-tolerant plants: Selecting plants adapted to local conditions to minimise water needs.
    • Water-efficient irrigation techniques: Using drip irrigation or other methods that deliver water directly to plant roots.

Crop Rotation

  • Rotational planting: Many books suggest that rotating crops from year to year helps prevent nutrient depletion, soil-borne diseases, and pest problems. I don’t subscribe to this as a generalisation. Rotations are an agricultural concept that make sense to a certain extent on a field scale with hedges, but we are talking here about gardens where the distance between crops is a few feet. Garden scale pests are quite capable of moving between beds and even bacterial and fungal diseases have no problem as they get transported on boost, tools etc. As for nutrient deficiency, it’s rare. Especially if we feed the soil with compost or go No Dig. Rotations are over hyped in my experience.

Minimising External Inputs

  • Minimising external inputs: Regenerative agriculture aims to reduce reliance on synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, and herbicides. Gardeners can practice ….
  • Organic pest control methods: Using natural methods such as good husbandry, beneficial insects, organic sprays to control pests etc. Healthy soil and plants is the key to success.
  • Building healthy soil: By creating a healthy ecosystem in the soil, plants become more resilient to pests and diseases.

By incorporating these regenerative principles, gardeners can create a more sustainable and productive garden that benefits the environment and produces healthy nutritious food.

Additional Regenerative Gardening Points

  • Small-scale application: While regenerative agriculture is often practiced on large farms, many of the techniques can be adapted for home gardens.
  • Local context: Researching and adopting techniques suited to your specific climate and soil conditions is important.

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