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

Trees help with drought-proofing, improve soil, microclimate, and provide opportunities for farmers and market gardeners to increase their income streams growing additional 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 – don’t worry the eco-logical principles are the same.[1]

To get the benefits of alley cropping and other types of agroforestry, you need to grow from your strengths.

Design your alleys to suit your latitude, climate and other growing conditions. Adjust the width of your alleys, space in between the alleys, and the height and density of your tree canopy to suit your conditions. Growing in temperate areas and other 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.

The Agroforestry Handbook is a great practical resource. The authors are leading researchers and practitioners with decades of experience in agroforestry from the UK and around the world.

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[1] Wendy Seabrook, 2019, Eco-logical Farming Handbook, Published by Learning from Nature