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catch crop,

any quick-growing crop sown between seasons of regular planting to make use of temporary idleness of the soil or to compensate for the failure of a main crop. It may be such rapid-maturing vegetables as radishes, onions grown from sets, or spinach (planted between rows of slower growing crops); quick-growing crops such as rye, millet, or buckwheat; or an annual legume, such as soybean, which is valuable as fodder or, when plowed under, increases the soil's fertility. See cover cropcover crop,
green temporary crop grown to prevent or reduce erosion and to improve the soil by building up its organic content. Green-manure crops, which are specifically grown for their organic content and other feature that enable them to improve the soil, but which may be
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catch crop

[′kach ‚kräp]
(agriculture)
A rapidly growing plant that can be intercropped between rows of the main crop; often used as a green manure.
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FA]) in the first year of effect tended to increase after catch crop (red clover, white clover mixture with Italian ryegrass, white mustard) biomass incorporation compared with that in the check treatment (Table 4), whereas straw used as fertilizer increased humic substances content only when applied with red clover biomass.
Good catch crops include radish, spring onion, spinach, oriental greens and lettuce.
Catch crops, such as broad beans, can be grown among sweetcorn plants.
The traditional French breakfast radishes must be eaten when they are no larger than a small grape and all the salad vegetables are natural catch crops.
Nitrogen-fixing crops, catch crops and land lying fallow are all on the proposed list, along with buffer strips, agro-forestry and landscape features.
Sow some winter cabbages now for planting out in early June - interplant these young plants with catch crops of salad leaves.
Catch crops such as lettuces can be grown in spaces between them until they fill out.
Sow one or two catch crops of fast maturing salad crops in the rows until the leeks and brassicas have grown to fill the spaces.
Catch crops IF you always seem to have space between rows of veg on your veg plot, catch crops - which are small and fast-growing - are ideal when used as temporary space-fillers.
If you are struggling for space on your allotment or in your vegetable garden at home and want to get as much use out each square metre (square yard) as you can, why not try some inter-cropping of longer term crops with catch crops that only take five or six weeks to mature?