Green Manure Seeds

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Bare soil is one thing no organic gardener wants to see. Without plants, soil is prone to erosion and may be overtaken by pernicious weeds. For this reason, if you have an area out of action, then green manures are the ideal solution. The roots of green manures will help with soil structure and the additional drainage & foliage provides a habitat for important garden pest eaters like beetles. Some, like clover (legumes), fix nitrogen from bacteria and thus enrich the soil. When the time comes, usually before flowering, dig in your green manures, providing good organic material to . . . Show More >

Bare soil is one thing no organic gardener wants to see. Without plants, soil is prone to erosion and may be overtaken by pernicious weeds. For this reason, if you have an area out of action, then green manures are the ideal solution. The roots of green manures will help with soil structure and the additional drainage & foliage provides a habitat for important garden pest eaters like beetles. Some, like clover (legumes), fix nitrogen from bacteria and thus enrich the soil. When the time comes, usually before flowering, dig in your green manures, providing good organic material to the soil. An important note though: do this at least 4 to 5 weeks prior to growing any crops on the said soil – green manure will release chemicals as they rot that may inhibit germination.  ‘No dig’ methods, such as cutting down your green manure and leaving them to decay on the surface will also have a good impact and will disperse any build-up of slugs and snails. If you need a longer-term solution, consider perennial green manures like rye grass or clover, or for the really big projects, organic gardeners should look for annual green manures like mustard, trefoil and vicia.


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Bare soil is one thing no organic gardener wants to see. Without plants, soil is prone to erosion and may be overtaken by pernicious weeds. For this reason, if you have an area out of action, then green manures are the ideal solution. The roots of green manures will help with soil structure and the additional drainage & foliage provide. . . Show More >

Bare soil is one thing no organic gardener wants to see. Without plants, soil is prone to erosion and may be overtaken by pernicious weeds. For this reason, if you have an area out of action, then green manures are the ideal solution. The roots of green manures will help with soil structure and the additional drainage & foliage provides a habitat for important garden pest eaters like beetles. Some, like clover (legumes), fix nitrogen from bacteria and thus enrich the soil. When the time comes, usually before flowering, dig in your green manures, providing good organic material to the soil. An important note though: do this at least 4 to 5 weeks prior to growing any crops on the said soil – green manure will release chemicals as they rot that may inhibit germination.  ‘No dig’ methods, such as cutting down your green manure and leaving them to decay on the surface will also have a good impact and will disperse any build-up of slugs and snails. If you need a longer-term solution, consider perennial green manures like rye grass or clover, or for the really big projects, organic gardeners should look for annual green manures like mustard, trefoil and vicia.


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