- Plant things closer together - I'm no expert but those instructions on spacings on seeds packets are surely wrong.
- Stop designating spaces in my garden as either ornamental or veggie patches and start growing veggies all over the place and intermingling flowers for bees with them.
- Get rid of the grass and replace with paths and patches (I embarked on this mission last year and am pleased to say I have succeeded and finished... except for the grass/weeds that keep growing)
- Make more use of vertical space
So anyway, even though I've only just begun to discover more space, I am finding that as we are nearing the end of the season some patches in my garden are completely empty. So I was thinking I ought to attempt finally some green manuring in those spots.
I did in fact have a fantasy quite a while ago that I would do the right gardening thing and crop rotate and green manure. And in anticipation I purchased a bunch of green manuring seeds. So two weeks ago I got them out and sprinkled them over one of my patches and watered them in and forgot all about them. Until a couple of days later when I let the chooks out for a free range. And they spent quite a long time in that patch gobbling up all the seeds I'd strewn.
So a couple of days ago I started all over again and chucked a whole bunch of green manuring seeds all over and watered them in and even gave them a liquid fish feed. So surely they will grow. Of course the instructions that came with them were too wordy and complicated for my impatient brain. So I decided to ignore them. I have likely chucked the wrong seeds out at the wrong time of year. But I'm just hoping for a quick cover that I will chop down when it reaches the right height and add some nutrient to my soil. Or maybe I will just set my chooks free again to do the manure mowing for me.
Do any of you manage to grow green manure crops? Any tips for me?
|The beginnings of a green manure crop - I think.|
PS sorry about turning the word verification for comments back on... but those nasty spammers have been driving me nutso lately.