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Mix crop vegetables in back yard gardening, practical experience~

September 11, 2019

Hi welcome to asiangarden2table. In commercial farming, intercropping, mixed
cropping and rotate cropping are very important technologies. In our back yard gardening, with multiple
varieties in small area, we more or less already are using these three technologies, but in
a much more flexible way. The easiest way is to mix whatever you have
in a random way wherever you have. Everybody can do this. But if we put a little thought when planning
our vegetables and consider both vegetables habit and growing conditions, by mixing our
vegetables properly, we can maximize usage of our space, increase productivity, reduce
bugs and disease problem, get consistent and continuous produce and so on. Early maturing and later maturing vegetables. The staggered growing cycles will allow us
to produce two types of vegetables in the same area at different time. For example, bok choy and Kohlrabi. Bok Choy takes about one month from transplanting
to harvesting, while Kohlrabi grows slowly at the first month and takes little space
and nutrients. We can harvest Bok choy first and later let
Kohlrabi take over the space and develop its swelled stem. Climbing vegetables and non-climbing vegetables,
for example, green bean climbs on trellis and likes a lot of sunlight; Celery or other
leafy green are short and tolerate half shady condition. We can grow the short vegetables next to the
tall ones, to maximize the usage of vertical space. During seasons’ transition period, we can
also mix vegetables of two different seasons. For example, in spring, next to cool weather
vegetables such as Celtuce, cabbage, broccoli etc, we can grow some warm weather vegetable
such as long bean, cucumbers etc. By doing this, we can have our garden produce
continuously even during seasons’ transition. Bugs and diseases have different impact on
different vegetables. We can reduce bugs and disease problem by
mixing vegetables. For example, vegetables with strong smell
such as , chive, onion, parsley, celery, can repel caterpillars. We can plant them with bok choy, Chinese cabbage
which often are attacked by caterpillars. Different vegetables take different nutrients
combination. If we mix vegetables properly, it will help
to balance nutrient level in the soil and maximize usage of these nutrients. For example, bean’s roots have lumps to
convert Nitrogen gas in the air into nitrogen nutrients for plant to use. There will be extra nitrogen in the soil. We can grow some leady green next to the bean
which consume a lot of nitrogen. So this is a win-win case. Just a quick mention about rotate cropping. Usually we don’t grow the same kinds of
vegetables at the same spots twice in a row or the second batch will have
bigger chance to have nutrient deficiency or disease problem. Good thing is for back yard gardening. We often grow a lot of different vegetables,
and often arrange them flexibly. Like we talked earlier, mixing different vegetables
help us to avoid nutrient deficiency or disease problem caused by improper crop rotation. This topic can be extended widely but I am
going to end this video here. We will mention more in actual practice in
the future. In fact if you try more different vegetables
and understand their growing habit, you will find out planning and mix cropping your vegetables
is a very natural and easy thing. Experience is very important here. This is all for today. If you find our videos helpful, please give
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  • Reply Green gold garden September 3, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Nice video dear friend

  • Reply Haneen Nouman September 3, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Thanks for the nice, informative video. Please make more videos on this topic so that we, the beginners can learn more about successful backyard gardening. Greetings from Bangladesh.

  • Reply Cindy Hewatt September 3, 2018 at 5:07 am

    I'm getting ready to plant some Chinese cabbages but afraid of snails and slugs would attack them. Is there any way or any product you recommend to use to get rid of those yucky creatures? Thank you in advance for any suggestions or tips.

  • Reply Mast3r P September 3, 2018 at 10:07 am

    love your videos!

  • Reply Elizabeth Kelley September 3, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I would love to work with you in your garden so I could learn from you!

  • Reply paulsjunkcars September 3, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Great video.

  • Reply al-imran sakib September 3, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Its help me grow more vegs at small place. thanks you a lot to share the great idea. again you are the best

  • Reply BDGMed September 3, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    How many inches deep are your garden beds? If I want to do a raised garden, how many inches deep should my soil be? Thanks for another great video!

  • Reply huttonista dav September 3, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    I’m mixing beets, turnips collard greens and fava beans together for a winter garden.
    I’m in zone 8 and these should do okay with a bit of covering on the hard freeze nights

  • Reply mai September 4, 2018 at 4:34 am

    So smart. Makes so much sense! I grow my mint in containers to repel squirrels from eating my eggplants and place the container next to them, along with basil which I read animals dislike also.❤️

  • Reply TRISHNA HOME GARDEN September 4, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Hi i like this video .So nice subscribe u channel please support me

  • Reply Rennells Suburban Homestead Prepping for Survival September 6, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Ty! This was a good informative video!

  • Reply Gardening With Pleasure September 6, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Very nice

  • Reply Tae Phy September 8, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    so good

  • Reply Ashley Yien September 10, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I like your garden! Hope i can have one someday.

  • Reply Jill Humphrys February 27, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I love doing this! I grow pole beans on wire panels, tall zinnia's in front of them, then peppers and or lemon and cinnamon basil in front of those along with marigolds. The whole bed is happier! I don't this with all 10 beds.

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