|Related Agroforestry Livelihood (IIRR, 1992, 30 p.)|
|Bio-intensive gardening with agroforestry|
1. When the trees are about 12 months old, trim the hedgerows. Subsequent trimming is done whenever leaves are needed or the trees begin to shade the garden plots. Flemingia congesta and Desmodium rensonil are excellent hedgerows for gardens since they can be cut low (0.25 meters).
2. Place cut branches (with leaves) over the vegetable beds. Leave them in place for 2 days. This will allow the leaves to wilt and hasten defoliation. Shake branches or use hand to remove remaining leaves. There should be at least 2 inches of leaves covering the entire bed.
3. Incorporate leaves into the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Allow them to decompose for 10-14 days before planting.
Note: In sloping areas, the beds and hedgerows must be aligned along the contour.