Sunday, September 26, 2010

Intercropping Under Trellis with Amaranthus

Intercropping Under Trellis with Amaranthus by Pritham 'MetalFarmer' D'Souza

here i would like to discuss how one can successfully grow amaranthus leafy vegetable under a trellis (dompa) . Here the main crop is coccinia (Manoli , Tendli) which requires a large trellis to grow on. and since the crop requires a lot of vine trimming and pruning to facilitate more vine growth, the space under the trellis is exposed to a lot of sunlight and if not properly maintained encourages the growth of unwanted weeds.


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  • the above pic shows a typical un maintained piece of plot where coccinia is grown on a trellis
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From Intercropping Under Trellis with Amaranthus

  • the weeds have to be removed manually using the necessary agri tools and the soil turned and loosened as shown above
  • circular pits or platforms are made as shown above and this is ideal for sowing seeds of amaranthus
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  • Amaranthus is a very short crop and can be harvested in just 21 days from first day of sowing
  • notice the photos below, the land once wasted with unwanted weeds is now growing a commercially viable crop
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SOME IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS

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  • since most of the area now recovered is used for growing amaranthus, care must be taken to see the crop is not damaged due to negligence
  • heavy irrigation using a hose pipe will do more harm than good as it will displace the seeds
  • care should be taken to see the pipe is not dragged on the crop itself as shown in the photo
  • this method is used when the main crop, coccinia is trimmed as amaranthus needs a lot of sunlight
  • this method is not that successful when the coccinia vines are fully grown and provide a lot of shade, so the best time to reap benefits will be for at least 45 days
  • weeds will also grow with the amaranthus crop and it must be ignored as amaranthus is harvested in 21 days. after that while preparing the land for re sowing, the weeds can be taken care of.
all images and data by Pritham D'Souza aka MetalFarmer

2 comments:

  1. proper care must be taken to see the plants is not broken due to negligence...

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  2. Good to learn more about how a trellis is used with this plant. I recently saw a circular trellis used with grapes in a container.

    The circular trellis looks like a good way to utilize space. When someone wants to grow grapes without having a lot of garden space, this is ideal.

    I have never tried to create a circular trellis but it should be fairly easy to do, once I set my mind to it. I think that would be the most difficult part of growing grapes in containers.

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