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Present situation of home gardens in Sri Lanka

A home garden is a piece of land around the dwelling with clear boundaries and it has a functional relationship with its occupants related to economic, biophysical and social aspects. A home garden often consists of a mixture of annual and perennial crops, sometimes including small livestock. On account of the vertical structure with different canopy depths of various plant species, the home gardens are most often referred to as a ‘multi –species, multi-storied cropping system’. Numerous terms have been used by various authors to describe this system. These include, for example, mixed garden horticulture, mixed garden or home garden, Javanese home garden, compound farm, kitchen garden, household home garden and home garden agro forestry system among these. The structure and management of a home garden varies from place to place, depending upon ecological, socio-economic and cultural factors.

Click here to read the full article "Present situation of home gardens in Sri Lanka" (The Island: 8th April 2011 online)

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