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Pecan/vitis/legume/clover polyculture with drip irrigation

September 21, 2015

Pecan/vitis/legume/clover polyculture with drip irrigation

Pecans are a wasteful use of water considering their use in a monoculture system,Pecans might have enduring value as a part of a complex polyculture.Two come to mind;a nitrogen-fixing honeybee polyculture and a truck farm polyculture

  (A((1) Legumes and clover fix nitrogen and share with Pecan crop root systems

(A)(2) Legumes and Clover together with Pecan blooms fix beehives throughout most of the year with a nectar/pollen source. Honey as product along with Pecans.

(A)(3) Legumes and Clover provide cover for retention of drip water irrigation

(B)(1) Pecan tree trunks and a trellis system provide for a Vitis/Carya illinoinensis) culture.

(B)(2) grape clusters will find themselves in the hot sun partially shaded by Pecan leaves and branches leading to a new terrier  and perhaps a hedge against global warming.

(B)(3) its intended for the grape-vine to use the tree and its branches as a trellis over many decades.

(C)(1) Truck farm (vegetables)  grown along with the fruit trees could allow for an added value for the water used.

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