Green manure!

Yep seriously, that’s what its called!  It’s the name given to a crop which you grow, and then deliberately turn into the soil before you harvest anything, to add nutrients back into the earth.   Some crops, especially types like alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, and lentils are particularly clever at pulling nitrogen out of the air and depositing it into the soil, and its one of the best ways to take advantage of the cooler dormant growing season to get things prepared for spring.

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I picked up this green manure seed mix from a Canberra Organic Growers Society session I attended a while back.   It’s got all sorts of goodies in it.  I also sprinkled a good couple of handfuls of wood ash from the fireplace to boost the potassium levels – a tip I caught on the last episode of Gardening Australia. IMG_4113 IMG_4182

After turning in gently and covering with a rake, it just needed a good watering in and that’s all for now.  Will keep you updated with how they grow…  Here’s to a productive season ahead!IMG_4228

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4 thoughts on “Green manure!

  1. Zena

    Two helpful gardening tips especially this time of year. My garden has fallen to the frost and also neglect due to a newish (and gorgeous) baby:) It’s hopeful that I can do something productive with the soil in the meantime. Thank you!

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