Spring Summer Green Manure Seed Mix (NOT to WA, TAS)
- 100g - Covers 12sqm
- 200g - Covers 25sqm
- 400g - Covers 50sqm
- 1kg - Covers 125sqm
- 2kg - Covers 250sqm
Green manures are fast-growing plants sown to cover bare soil. Often used in the vegetable garden, their foliage smothers weeds and their roots prevent soil erosion, improve soil health, fix nitrogen, and will improve water infiltration. When dug into the ground while still green, they return valuable nutrients to the topsoil and improve soil structure.
A diverse mix includes cowpea, buckwheat sunflower, vetch, bio-fumigated mustard (reduces fungi and nematodes), radish, lab-lab bean, fenugreek, rye, sunflower, oat, mung bean, endive, rocket, purslane, millet and soybean depending upon the availability of seeds to improve soil health and attract pollinators. This will enrich the soil with both nitrogen and organic matter.
Designed for spring sowing, but it may be sown anytime early spring through late summer to very early Autumn warmer parts of Australia.
Planting your cover crop (Prepare your own Organic Manure):
As a general guide sow in spring after all danger of frost has passed, usually mid-September; sow summer whenever good rainfall is expected; in tropical areas seeds can be sown right through the year whenever moisture is available.
In early spring, as soon as the soil begins to thaw enough to gently rake the surface, sow a generous amount of cover crop seed on your garden or raised bed soil. No need to disturb the soil with heavy digging or tilling - just simply raking the top 10mm of soil will allow enough space for the cover crop to germinate. Spring planting will yield summer flowers for cutting and crafts.
This is an excellent choice for green manure crops because they can germinate and begin growing in as little as 7 to 10 days. Within a four-week time frame, you can have a thick stock of growing “green” manure” for your soil.
Then, a few weeks before you are ready to plant your main garden stash of tomatoes, cucumbers, chillis and more, simply turn the cover crop under with a pitchfork or shovel - and plant!
It is important to let the soil rest a few weeks after turning the cover crop to allow the green manure crop to decompose a bit before throwing in your plants. So get out there and plant a garden-soil energising cover crop this Spring!
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