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Green Manure Crops

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Green Manure Crops

Keeping your gardens covered with green manure crops is an excellent way to keep your soilhealthy in between growing seasons, as it helps to control the weeds andprotects the soil. Sun and heavy rains can compact the soiland leach out beneficial nutrients.When green manure crops are dugin to the garden, they add organic matter, nitrogen, and minerals thatare brought up by the roots.

When choosing the best type ofcover crop for your situation, you need to consider your climate, soiltype, the duration needed and whether you want a nitrogen-fixing cropor a crop that produces a lot of organic matter to dig back into thesoil.

Next: Which crop to choose?

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.


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10:44AM PDT on May 4, 2011

There are millions of ways to make the cycle of life more whole. While feeding sunflowers to the birds, I noticed squirrels wanted some too. The benefit of feeding the squirrels is that if you give them a nice sunflower, they leave a nice fertilizer. No wonder the Roses in that section are doing quite well. Nitrogen without harmful effects...Manure, it's a good thing.

6:02PM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

Love green manures! Also liquid weed teas!

7:48AM PST on Feb 23, 2011


5:53PM PST on Feb 13, 2011

noted and thanx

5:48PM PST on Feb 8, 2011

love hairy vetch. pink and purple, tiny, tubular flowers that hummingbirds love.

9:44AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Every day i learn something new is a good day. Thanks for making my day :-)

9:24PM PST on Feb 5, 2011


12:16PM PST on Feb 5, 2011

I think I like the idea of planting marigolds all over my garden so pretty.

12:37AM PST on Feb 5, 2011

It's not really necessary to dig them in. They will break down on top of the soil and still provide organic matter. Saves an awful lot of hard work!

9:45PM PST on Feb 4, 2011

we have crimsom clover on our community garden beds this year, am excited to see how it works out

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I've never taken (and nevert will take) an insurance for pets. Thank you for the other tips anyway.

Thanks for sharing.

Goes to show animals are much smarter then they are given credit for! Loved it! Thanks for sharing!


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