The Basics Of Multicropping

Multiple cropping is a farming system practice that has many benefits for your home garden. It involves planting different sets of plants at different times, for example planting peas and corn in early spring and then continuing the crop rotation throughout the year by planting beans, tomatoes and other crops. There are different kinds of multiple cropping, including single cropping, crop rotation and sequence cropping.

It is a highly effective technique that allows one to produce more food with less inputs. It reduces the risk of crop failure and increases yields by providing a variety of crops in the same space. In addition, the use of multiple crops increases nutrient availability for the soil and improves soil health, which means it can be used as a long-term strategy for improving your soil's health. This can also decrease the occurrence of pests limiting chemical use in your garden.

Four advantages of multi-cropping:

  • The risk of total crop failure is reduced
  • It makes efficient use of resources
  • Improved pest and disease control
  • It encourages biodiversity

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