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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:19 pm    Post subject: Green Manure Reply with quote

Looking for a green manure to use mainly as a ground cover. Going to dig an area of my garden to use as a veg patch in the next few weeks but once dug I want to use a green manure to stop weeds from taking over come the spring.

What I ant is something that will germinate towards the end of October. Any suggestion?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just googled green manure in the box above on right hand site of the site and came upon an article that James Kilkelly wrote or offered st least. Give it a read it's worth it
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried rocking horse manure cant get any greener than that.......... Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More seriously, spread any vegetable matter you may have after digging, e.g. lawn mowings, household waste, and then spread black builders' polythene over the patch. Obviously anchor it down well.

When you remove it in spring, all the veggie matter will have been disposed of by worms etc but, most important, a quick rake of the surface will reveal pristine loose soil, ready for planting. Winter rain would gradually compact dug soil and take away some of the nutrients it contains in the normal way but, even if you avoid the latter problem by planting green manure, you'll still be faced with re-digging hard soil again in the spring when weather can often present few 'windows' for getting out on the garden and it'll be handy not to have to waste time digging when you could be planting?

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