Using Alley cropping you get the benefits of growing vegetables with trees.

Trees improve soil, micro climate, and provide opportunities for farmers and market gardeners to diversify into new  products.

Here’s Adam Collins showing how he is using this agroforestry solution to integrate trees with his commercial potato and garlic crops.

If you grow other crops or you are a market gardener – don’t worry. Your scale of production may be different, but the principles are the same.

Design your alleys to suit your growing conditions and the outcomes you want. One size definitely doesn’t fit all!

Adjust the width of your alleys, space inbetween the alleys, and the height and density of your tree canopy to suit your conditions. At  higher latitudes, use wider spacings and north – south orientation to maximise sunlight. You can also use other orientations depending on your priorities. For example, at right angles to the wind or across your slope.

To get the benefits of alley cropping and other types of agroforestry, you need to adapt what you do and the species you use to suit your growing conditions and main crops.

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