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green manuring

Posted in Garden Diary by Paul on the October 27th, 2008

Could you please elaborate on this process and its application in the Johannesburg area as it is totally new to me.

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  1. on October 27th, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Hi Paul,
    Green manure sounds odd but it is simply a fast-growing crop, which is then chopped down and incorporated into the top layer of soil. Think of a green manure as growing your own fertiliser. Green manure not only retains and adds nutrients and organic matter to the soil, it also protects it from drying out, compacting or washing away. Once the green manure crop has grown to the point when it is lush and leafy, it is pulled out, chopped up and mixed into the top layer of the soil, or just strewn on top of the soil. A variety of crops are used as green manure – mustard, fenugreek, clover, alfalfa, lupins, soya beans and buckwheat. Growing green manure is a good way of letting the soil recover after a heavy crop has drawn out nutrients (such as potatoes). It also ensures valuable nutrients are retained in the plants rather than being washed away. Using plants from the legume family (eg alfalfa, fenugreek, soya beans, lupins and clover) has the additional benefit of fixing nitrogen in the soil. Green manure can be grown in between crops, maximising thje use of small spaces. Clover is good for this. Hope this helps. Happy growing!

  2. Paul said,

    on October 27th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Jane, Thanks, I now know what to do.
    I spent Saturday constructing three of your bamboo tepees in my veggiepatch and have planted runnerbeans, tomatoes, babymarrows at the legs and then chard, beetroot, carrots, etc in the middle and outskirts.
    I’m looking forward to see how things’ll progress.


  3. on October 28th, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Great! Let me know how it grows . . .

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