Innovation " Tumpang Sari ", Turning a narrow land into a Garden of Heaven at homesteading.
There is one word that comes from our ancestors, the Acehnese, which motivates and inspires me to be diligent in trying and not to give up easily, and not to give up easily, those words are "Meugrak Jaroe, Meu ek igoe", which means sustenance will always be there as long as we want to try and work hard without complaining.
there is no reason for us to complain and despair, many things can be done as long as we are willing to fight, and God will give us what we want if we continue to try and hope in Him.
but sometimes many people complain that they don't have much capital to start a business, don't know what business to open, don't have land to grow crops, and many other things they complain about.
but in reality, all of these are just unwarranted complaints, because in my opinion as long as someone is willing to fight and try, there will be many ways that can be taken.
if next to your house there is an empty area that can be used for farming and gardening, even though the area is not so large, then today I will share a little experience with all of you how to make a narrow and empty area into a "paradise garden", full of nutrients and abundant yields.
Have you ever heard of the "intercropping" system in agriculture?
Yes, intercropping is planting two or more types of plants in one area of land, either done simultaneously or not.
although actually to plant one or more types of plants in one area of land there are several terms that we often find apart from intercropping, there is the term "Turning Overturning", there is also the term "intercropping", but the three terms are used to indicate a system planting one or more crops in an area of land.
Of course, planting crops with this intercropping system has many benefits, besides being easy to control several types of plants on the same land, we can also harvest various types of plants at almost the same time.
and today I'm going to show you all, my nutrition garden next to my house, which I do with an intercropping system.
there are several types of plants that I cultivate in that land, ranging from old plants to young plants, there are rambutan trees, banana trees, corn, eggplant, even ginger plants.
first i will show you all my corn plants.....
that's my corn crop that's about 50 days old, and I'll likely be able to harvest it in another 15 to 20 days.
I chose to cultivate sweet corn instead of fresh corn, for the sweet corn category it is the result of cross-breeding carried out by agricultural experts so that from the past fresh corn became sweet corn, and this sweet corn can be eaten raw without being boiled and cooked and the taste is very sweet.
Usually sweet corn can be harvested at the age of 75 days to 80 days, it depends on the level of soil fertility to changes in the weather, because the more fertile the soil where we use it as a location for cultivation, which often rains will cause the harvest period to be faster.
the times when corn is 50 days old are times that are very vulnerable and susceptible to pests and diseases, and times like this need extra hard work from me to monitor it more often, see what diseases are attacking and must immediately anticipate it quickly .
What needs to be considered is to take good care of the cornflowers that are in bloom, because these flowers are a producer of nutrients and will have an impact on the weight of the corn fruit.
what is more important to note is that when the corn is 50 days old and has produced fruit, do not spray the grass or weeds under the corn tree using herbicides, because that will cause the corn plant to wither and die.
I prefer not to spray the grass and weeds and let them grow, when the corn has grown big and bears fruit then the grass will not interfere with the growth of corn anymore.
besides planting sweet corn, 2 years ago on the same land I also planted a rambutan tree, and as you can see at this time my rambutan tree has already produced fruit and I can almost harvest it, and I think I can harvest this rambutan along with me harvesting my corn, and of course there will be two harvests at the same time, and that will be very profitable.
still on the same land, I also plant bananas which at this point can almost be harvested, and the age of the bananas is 1 year old since I planted the seeds.
However, it should be noted that when using the intercropping system in one area, to plant banana trees I prefer it and prefer to use a planting system next to the fence, and not plant it in the middle of the garden.
I also planted purple eggplant in between my corn plants, and now it is harvest time.
What needs to be considered for planting this purple eggplant on the sidelines of the corn tree is to keep the distance so as not to interfere with the growth of corn.
there are more advantages to planting purple eggplant on the same land as corn, where the purple eggplant tree can absorb the fertilizer I give to the corn plant and of course purple eggplant care is easier and resistant to the dry season.
In between my corn plants I also plant ginger plants, and at this time my sewing plants are about 5 months old, that means it will take about 6 to 7 more months to harvest them.
planting ginger between corns can make corn plants healthier, because in ginger plants there are compounds that are feared by pests that generally attack corn plants.
If there are so many things we can do using a narrow area, then what else will we complain about?
Of course, each of us just needs a little courage to start and it takes a little creativity and innovation to do it.
that's all from me today I hope you all like it and I hope what I review is useful for all of you.
greetings from me