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Intercropping corn and pigeon peas like a native  RSS feed

 
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Check out today's post:

http://www.thesurvivalgardener.com/interplanting-corn-and-pigeon-peas/

I've been learning how the locals down here in the tropics plant their crops. Hired a farmer to show me on my property. They clear with machetes and let the weeds rot into the ground, punch holes with a spading fork, put a bit of dirt downhill from each hole to hold the water, throw in a few corn and pigeon pea seeds and bam - hillside of corn. Lots pore detail in my post.

Attached is a diagram I worked out showing how the system works. Always something new to learn.

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And here's the video I posted showing the system a little better.
 
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Good system, the peas are nitrogen fixers and their bacteria will provide nitrogen for the heavy feeding corn plants. Almost a three sisters method.

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