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market gardening,

cultivation, on suburban land of high value, of vegetables and flowers for the supply of nearby cities. Heavy fertilizing and the planting of successive crops are employed to obtain continuous returns from the acreage. Sales are to greengrocers and florists, principally through commission agents. See truck farmingtruck farming,
horticultural practice of growing one or more vegetable crops on a large scale for shipment to distant markets. It is usually less intensive and diversified than market gardening. At first this type of farming depended entirely on local or regional markets.
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See R. Webber, Market Gardening (1972).

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Here several thousand Chinese men were employed in land clearing (scrub cutting and ringbarking), market gardening, and ancillary activities.
Chinese involvement in market gardening was an important activity in most areas of NSW, including the and far west.
Ah Chee was a miner who later took up market gardening.
It is hardly surprising that the Chinese took to market gardening given their obvious skill in this enterprise and the increased demand for fresh produce to service the rapidly increasing population.
46) So rich was its praise of Lee Hing in particular and Chinese market gardening in general that the newspaper called for the cessation of hostility towards the Chinese.
Usage patterns evident from Ah Chee's and Hoyling's market garden are consistent with the transition from mining to market gardening.
By the 1880s the importance of market gardening had superseded the mining and prospecting that continued on a reduced scale.
Market gardening provides other opportunities for exploring European-Chinese interaction after the gold rush.
The significance of Maclaren's Flat is supported by the presence of other considerable sites in the vicinity along the Loddon that also suggest large-scale market gardening by Chinese.
In such instances we are discussing ninety years of continuous market gardening.