Definition of alley cropping
- A method called alley cropping can be used in which a variety of trees are grown in rows 40 to 60 feet apart.
- —Statesman Journal (Oregon), 29 Jan. 2010
- Often, trees grown as alley crops are pruned, and their cuttings are spread on annual crop rows as mulch that protects the soil and adds nutrients.
- —Deborah A. McGrath and C. Ken Smith, in Tropical Deforestation, 2006
alley croptransitive verb
- The trees and maize were “alley cropped” (planted in alternating strips), which allows fertilizing and weeding of crop rows while also retaining the benefits of intercropping.
- —Michael J. Dover & Lee M. Talbot, Technology Review, 1 Feb. 1988