Green Manure is a crop that is grown to improve your soil. And it’s a great way of improving your gardens soil fertility by just using a natural method.
It’s a great way to improve the soil structure and the health of the soil. If you don’t make compost then green manure is a great way to improve your soil.
All you need is a packet of green manure seed, a fork and a rake and then let the seeds fertilise, stabilise and add organic matter to the soil. It as easy as that.
There are a variety of green manure available:
- You can grow quick growing green manures such as mustard, phacelia and crimson clover in between crops – these types of green manure grow quickly anything from 4 to 12 weeks. Then all you have to do is either cut them off or dig them straight back into the soil.
- Mustard is great to sow in an area of garden if you don’t want to sow or plant something straight away – as it will keep your soil weed free and give you soil goodness.
- You can also sow green manure that over-winter known as long term green manures like red clover or alfalfa.
- Some people sow green manures such as white clover between slower growing crops such as cabbages, sprouts or sweetcorn. Then when the plants are finished you can dig the green manure into the soil.
So if you are looking to improve you soil then buy some green manure seeds and get started straight away. Your soil will thank you for it and reward you with more tasty vegetables.