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catch crop

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(Agriculture) a quick-growing crop planted between two regular crops grown in consecutive seasons, or between two rows of regular crops in the same season
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Noun1.catch crop - a crop that grows quickly (e.g. lettuce) and can be planted between two regular crops grown in successive seasons or between two rows of crops in the same season
crop - a cultivated plant that is grown commercially on a large scale
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Lettuce is often grown between rows of slowing-growing vegetables or as a catch crop, using ground before or after another crop - and for that reason is ideally suited to small gardens.
The best catch crop is the radish, which can be harvested within a month.
Nitrogen-rich, readily mineralising biomass of all catch crop species (with straw removed from the soil) incorporated into the soil markedly increased (0.
If you have to deal with a situation where you feel a flush of nutrients (large amounts of fresh green material or manures incorporated into the soil) creates the danger of leaching and potential nutrient loss, plant a "catch crop" (rye planted as an over-winter crop is a good example) that aggressively "scavenges" or "sops up" excess nutrients, preventing their loss from the soil and retaining them for future availability when the catch crop itself dies.
2Clear away early crops such as potatoes, peas and broad beans and make catch crop sowings of beetroot, lettuce and short horn carrots.
We keep the stores on grass, but we also do a catch crop of stubble turnips on ground that's going to be maize the following year.
This can also be sown now to provide a late autumn catch crop of caulis.
You can also underplant crops such as runner beans that are grown on poles as it can be up to six weeks from planting in late May before the beans block out the light underneath, giving you time to get a catch crop of salad leaves germinated, grown and harvested.
Salad vegetables of all kinds are the perfect catch crop, and you should be able to get two or more pickings of lettuce, radishes, rocket and spring onions from between the rows of slow veg.
Lettuce can often be grown between rows of slower-growing vegetables or as a catch crop on ground before or after another crop.
A catch crop is one that matures before the ground is occupied by another crop - radish is the one with which we are most familiar.
Grants are also available for catch crops, rainwater harvesting, field drainage and livestock removal from high risk fields.