Welcome to my website. This website handles the overflow from 'Growing Organic Vegetables'. Both sites help you grow fabulous organic vegetables in a warm temperate climate using water saving methods. Both link to "Gardening with Ecobeds" providing detailed instructions on how to build your own sustainable Garden Ecobed and explaining how to get excellent results............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Green Manure
Latest Update 27th August 2017.
Green Manure Mix
Every year one of my Ecobeds grows a crop of green manure. Its part of my 4 year crop rotation and the field peas, oats and vetch it contains follow the brassicas
Brassicas are heavy feeders and strip soluble nutrients from the soil, so its important to build up the soil's fertility before planting the next crop of potatoes.
The seeds are supplied with a nitrogen fixing bacterial inoculant to help the legumes in the mix to start fixing nitrogen.
Its also very useful to give the soil in my Ecobeds this extra fertility boost every 4 years.
The green manure is planted in autumn and harvested in mid winter. Its chopped down to the ground and shredded before being returning to the bed as mulch.
Its covered immediately with a generous layer of compost topped with sugar cane straw to keep it moist, and is left for 6 weeks to break down.
This green manure mix provides all the nitrogen fixing benefits conferred by legumes and bulk foliage to raise the soil's organic content when it rots down.
nitrogen fixed by legumes is in a plant available form and is an excellent soil amendment.
Surpluses are stored in the plant's root nodules and I leave them in the ground to beused by following crops.