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Intercropping vegetables

It's Memorial Day weekend, time to plant the veggies. Here's a technique you can use, for those gardeners with a small space or growing in a little raised bed or container, to maximize the number of veggies per the size of your garden. 

It's called intercropping. The idea is to plant fast maturing crops, around slower maturing crops. We have things veggies such as tomatoes, broccoli, and some squash, that will take a lot of space. We'll need a couple of feet around them to eventually fill in. But all of this empty space is going to stay that way for a month or two.

 Why leave it? Why not plant veggies such as mescaline greens and radishes in the space, so that they'll grow up and you'll harvest them before the tomatoes and the broccoli grows up and get too big to crowd them out. These crops will grow and in 20 to 30 days, you'll be harvesting radishes and greens.

 All you have to do is just sprinkle the seeds around the larger plants in the empty space. Loosen up the soil first and don't worry about rows or being uniform. Just gently sprinkle  your mesclun or your radishes around and cover them back over again. Make sure, of course, you water them well.

 By the time you're done harvesting them, these large plants will be big enough to shade this area and fill it in. And you'll be getting more to eat from your small space.

By Charlie Nardozzi

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