Polyculture at the Real Veg Shack

What is polyculture?

As well as conventional veg etc we are also trying something called ‘polyculture’ in 2 new beds I have dug this winter. Conventional veg growing rather like agriculture involves growing different veg like carrots in rows of just carrots.

Polyculture is more like nature in that all the veg are grown together in 1 bed. The idea being to always keep the ground covered with plants to stop it drying out or plant nutrients being washed away. To achieve this you have to grow perennial plants (plants last for several years) rather than annual plants (plants die after a year) so to get this started I have sown some unusual seeds such as: sea kale, wild cabbage….

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