Intercropping is defined as the growth of more than one crop simultaneously in the same field during a growing season. The crops may be seeded at the same time (mixed intercropping) or they may be seeded at different times (relay intercropping). Strip intercropping is a production system where different crops are grown in wide strips (usually the width of a seeder) in the same field. Row intercropping is the cultivation of two or more crops simultaneously on the same field with a row arrangement. Aside from maximizing space, weeds, pest and diseases are also reduced.
But before that, make sure that you have a plan. Good Planning is the key in an intercropping set up. Choosing products that have similar maturities, so they can be harvested at the same time is important, as is sourcing the seed and inoculum.
Last week, we featured the growth of our vegetables like beans, okra, eggplants and pechay. We need to intercrop the pechay in between the sparsely planted beans and other vegetables.
The images below is an example of vegetable intercropped.
Intercropping pechay in between these eggplants will maximize the land.
Pole beans planted widely apart in the plot and ready for intercropping.
Pechay seedlings ready to be thinned and transplanted
Mr. Gregg Y. Bagtang thinning the pechay seedlings for transplanting.