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gardening-girl

Green manure Question.

There seem to be lots of different varieties,but which one to use.We have used Rye grass before,but found it hard to dig in.
We want to use it in our raised beds over the winter.
Ther is also one that has a natural pesticide in,has anyone used it?no smilies
Tania

I am using green manure for the first time this year - field beans - as it says it is good for heavy soil and mine is clay - all seem to be coming up ok.

I think on the back of the packets they tell you which type is best for what soil you have.
You could look on this site - if you click on the left hand side on each of the different types will tell you what to use them for and the soil type it is good for.

http://greenmanure.co.uk/

Lets us know what you end up using and if it works!no smilies
yummersetter

Rye is a blooming nuisance, last autumn's sowing has regrown this year and now I can't tell where the beds are amongst the grass paths. The ground's too wet and claggy to dig it in, too. I'll probably smother it to death with cardboard this winter.no smilies
NorthernMonkeyGirl

Yeah I now have to worry about how to kill the rye in my fruit-bush area :x

I've got phacelia on another patch, has grown well, it's "crispy" so should dig in easily, but I don't think it's a nitrogen fixer.no smilies
Went

We use oats - green manure of choice around here and it digs in easily, doesn't re-grow and breaks down quickly - and it's cheap.no smilies
roobarb

I've just sown some Caliente Mustard 119 (http://www.greenmanure.co.uk/caliente_mustard.htm) in the polytunnel, as I read this can be a natural way of fumigating the soil (I have been wondering how to keep the soil "clean" in the PT, so thought this may be an easy answer as well as adding nutrients to the soil.) When you chop up the mustard and cover it, the gases act as fumigant. When researching it I also read that RHS Wisley has been using it on some of the trial beds.

I may be a bit late in sowing it, but I figured that in the polytunnel it is still relatively warm, so should germinate.no smilies
Tania

I've just sown some Caliente Mustard 119 (http://www.greenmanure.co.uk/caliente_mustard.htm) in the polytunnel, as I read this can be a natural way of fumigating the soil (I have been wondering how to keep the soil "clean" in the PT, so thought this may be an easy answer as well as adding nutrients to the soil.) When you chop up the mustard and cover it, the gases act as fumigant. When researching it I also read that RHS Wisley has been using it on some of the trial beds.

I may be a bit late in sowing it, but I figured that in the polytunnel it is still relatively warm, so should germinate.


Let me know how it goes and if it works - have a green house which I will be using next year - so this might be good!no smilies
dpack

mustards are good for weed suppression

barley is good for humus

beans are good for nitrogen capture

etc

pends what is needed

in summer coriander is fast and very coveringno smilies
Tavascarow

I've struggled to get good germination from mustard & clover.
Had the same problem as others with Italian rye although pigs like to turn it in.
Lately I haven't bothered & just used a bastard fallow to get more organics into the soil.no smilies
Mithril

I used mustard and it worked really well, in terms of keeping weeds down.no smilies
robkb

I use rye grass. Yes it's a devil to chop down and dig in, but it does wonders for my clay soil.no smilies
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