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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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Put simply, if you plant a crop such a leeks in May or June, that start life as small, thin, insignificant plantlets, spaced quite widely to allow for a long growing season, the gaps between the rows will not be filled in until late August, giving you up to three months to use the unplanted land to grow catch crops of rocket, radish, lettuce and other fast growing salads, whilst the leeks chug along slowly in the background.
Nitrogen-fixing crops, catch crops and land lying fallow are all on the proposed list, along with buffer strips, agro-forestry and landscape features.
Turnips, spring onions and so on, can be grown as catch crops between rows of longer maturing plants, so do not even have to take up extra space.
There is an age-old solution to the problem - the growing of catch crops.
Buffer strips, fallow land, areas with catch crops or green cover and areas with nitrogen fixing crops will qualify, subject to weightings, and so will hedges.
VEGETABLES - don't forget to use the space between rows of slower growing crops with catch crops of lettuce, corn salad, land cress, radish and rocket.
Catch crops, such as broad beans, can be grown among sweetcorn plants.
Grants are also available for catch crops, rainwater harvesting, field drainage and livestock removal from high risk fields.
Input materials: 90 percent of manure solids extracted from about 700,000 cubic meters of untreated manure and 10 percent of catch crops.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT - Catch crops THE vegetable patch doesn't have to be bare while you wait for the warmer weather for planting crops like French beans, tomatoes and courgettes - catch crops will fill in the gaps.