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How to improve soil with green manure


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Learn how to improve the condition of your soil by sowing rye seeds to create green manure, with Monty Don's video demonstration and advice.
Do it: summer and autumn



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GlentoranMark 24/11/2011 at 15:28

I have just took over a new build allotment plot and I have everything in raised beds. I have bags of grass cuttings, could I dig them into the soil and cover with black covering instead?

Also where do I get the rye seeds?

tarraii 24/11/2011 at 15:28

GlentoranMark : Rye seed can be bought from garden centers. They come in large packets and there are a couple of different types of 'Green Manure'. Ask an assistant for help if need be. I have several beds covered in green manure now ready for digging in in Spring. It is well worth getting. :) Some green manures will help with adding nutrients to the soil while others are soil improvers. I garden on heavy clay and have seen an improvement to my soil already.

yogispatch 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Useful ad discuss with Mark

Fionamm 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I've bought a grass seed for a pice of lawn. The seed is mostly rye with something else, will this also work as a green manure?

Daphne Luker 02/10/2012 at 09:53

Do I need a diffrent Green manure for aliht soil?

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