What is green manure?

Instead of applying chemical fertilizers, you can amend your soil and prevent soil erosion by planting a green manure crop. Green manure is a crop that will develop quickly between two cash crops. When incorporated into the soil or left to die on the soil surface, it will provide nitrogen and other nutrients to the next crop, increase the organic material and water-holding capacity of the soil, and reduce weed population. Thus, the crop that follows the green manure is benefited in many ways, while the soil’s physical, chemical, and biological quality are increased in the long term.

Which plants are best for green manure?

The best plants for green manure are always legumes (alfalfa, vetch, beans), ryegrass (Lollium sp.), and in some cases oat, rapeseed, and winter wheat.


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