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Layout for a small-scale, household level vegetable production plot


Layout for a small-scale, household level vegetable production plot

TOTAL AREA: 400-500 sq ft (35 - 45 sq m)
OUTPUT: 3-6 Ibs (1 - 2.5 kg) per day for 300 days

Important Considerations

1. Orient the rows in an east-west direction to avoid shading of the crops by the trellis.

2. Beds should not be more than 1.5 m wide to permit working on either side-of the bed without trampling on it (thus avoiding compaction).

3. Each bed should be intensively planted. It should preferably contain at least one of each of the following categories: leaf, root, legume and fruit-bearing vegetables.

4. Aromatic herbs should be intercropped in between vegetables to repel insects.