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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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Subsidizing catch crops -- as the European Union does -- can also help improve soil quality.
Additional N uptake recovered in barley plus catch crops (CC) from organic slurry N (given as a percentage) compared with uptake from mineral N-fertilised crops after application of cattle or pig slurry in the first year All plots received the same amount of inorganic N for a barley crop in the first year (100-103 kg N [ha.
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.
Catch crops take up excess or residual nutrients remaining in the soil after harvest.
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.
Sow some winter cabbages now for planting out in early June - interplant these young plants with catch crops of salad leaves.
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 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 such as lettuces can be grown in spaces between them until they fill out.