Monday, 30 August 2010

grazing rye green manure

We have cleared summer onions and the ground in this bed will not be used again until the spring when it will have a mulch of compost and manure and the potatoes will be planted.

So, to conserve fertility and soil structure an overwintering 'green manure' is needed. This plot is shaded in the winter and so a quick germinating plant is needed. Grazing rye meets the needs perfectly and is showing great growth after only three weeks.

Its name gives away its weakness: grazing rye. Hungry winter rabbits are likely to love it and so we made need to think of some protection if we are to get full value until the spring.

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