Issue 44: UK & Ireland

Super Cropping

I think of it as any man-made stress that positively affects a plant. Bending or cutting branches, removing leaves at specific times, or training branches in certain directions are examples of getting physical with the plant. But manipulating watering schedules, temperature, extending periods of darkness, and plant nutrition can all cause positive stress and help you create stronger, bigger super plants. It’s a fine line; the difference between good stress and severely damaging plants is slight.

Down the Rabbit Hole: The Plant Canopy Training Debate by Joanna Berg, Don’t Stress Out! Training and Pruning Explained by Cody J. Garrett-Tait, and Rebellious Super Cropping: Break the Rules!” by Rich Hamilton will answer any questions you may have and indeed help you step up your growing game.

There isn’t only one right way to super crop; this growing method encompasses many techniques. Don’t be afraid to play with your plants. Bend, twist, break, pinch; do it all. But don’t do it to all of them, especially the first time around.

There is no doubt in my mind that when properly executed, super cropping can have a positive impact on plant strength, yield, and quality. Every grower should bend a branch and see what happens.

Happy Gardening!

In this issue

5 Cool Ways To Super Cropping Success

Super Cropping is a growing technique that involves stressing plants in various ways to achieve heavy yields in the garden. Read our 5 cool ways to super crop!

Flo Scott

Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Flo Scott has turned her semi-detached home into a permaculture paradise; a thriving food forest that feeds her family and sparks neighbourly conversation.

Ulrico’s Microgreens

Hullavington, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

The appetite for microgreens is on the rise! Business at Ulrico’s Microgreens is booming, with more people searching for tasty, nutritious superfoods.

Give Two Figs

Hevingham, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Give Two Figs is a clever company that supports gardening and community projects that encourage the GYO movement and raise awareness about healthy food.

Urban Herbs

Rowley Regis, West Midlands , United Kingdom

Urban Herbs began as a small plant sale operation to help pay university bills but turned into a lifelong passion and successful business.

Satisfy Your Plants And Rebellious Side With Super Cropping

Super cropping is an advanced gardening technique that could be disastrous if not done correctly. Up your growing game with Rich Hamilton’s how-to guide!

Budget-Friendly Ways To Grow Food

It’s all about eating well, living sustainably, and saving money these days. Anne Gibson has budget-friendly tips for growing food in your kitchen all year!

Lactic Acid Fermentation A Tasty And Nutritious Science Experiment

Fermentation is a budget-friendly way to preserve nutritious food! In this article, Martyna Krol guides us through the process of lactic acid fermentation.

Tissue Culture l: Propagating Many Plants In Small Spaces

There’s more than one way to propagate plants! In the first article of this series, Philip McIntosh talks about tissue culture and how it works.