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Table 1 The key characteristics of a typical home garden

From: Home gardens: a promising approach to enhance household food security and wellbeing

Characteristic General practice
Species density High
Species type Staples, vegetables, fruits, medicinal plants
Production objective Home consumption
Labor source Family (women, elderly, children)
Labor requirements Part-time
Harvest frequency Daily, seasonal
Space utilization Horizontal and vertical
Location Near dwelling
Cropping pattern Irregular and row
Technology Simple hand tools
Input-cost Low
Distribution Rural and urban areas
Skills Gardening and horticultural skills
Assistance None or minor
  1. Source: Niñez [3].