|DORIE S. BERNABE|
Photo shows Dorie S. Bernabe, president of the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines, holding a fruit of the Pipinito cucumber intercropped with sweet corn at the Permaculture farming showcase at the East-West Seed Company in San Rafael, Bulacan.
Planting sweet corn and the mini cucumber together is a practical idea that could be adopted by hobbyists and commercial planters alike. Usually, sweet corn is harvested 65 to 75 days after planting, depending on the variety.
On the other hand, the mini cucumber starts fruiting 35 days after planting. The farmer or gardener, therefore, can start harvesting from his farm or garden in just five weeks from planting.
It is important that the sweet corn is planted one plant per hill and should be spaced about two feet apart. This will let sunlight penetrate between the plants for the good of the two crops.
Dorie Bernabe was one of the visitors at the EAst-West Seed on December 12 when the company observed its 30th anniversary.