The green manure term gets thrown around a lot these days, and if you want healthy productive edibles you'll have to start today, let me show you the easy steps to green manure for small space gardens.
Green manure is not stinky like animal manure, instead is the by product of of dead decaying plant matter. Pictured above is my Autumn/Winter green manure that I was planted 1 week before this pic was taken. It grows fast and provides the best foundation for your plants to grow in soil that doesn't have a lot of nutrients.
In my case I purchase store bought potting soil mixture and I know its not always the best option, so before I plant any edibles I prep the soil. Its like renovating a new home that your getting ready to move into.
Just like all plants where they have their optimal growing seasons, green manure is the same too.
They are broken into Autumn/Winter & Spring/Summer....you can from them throughout the 6 month growing season in preparation for your fruits, vegetable and herbs to get the bumper crop that will feed an army. Or have surplus of food to for preserving or gifting to friends and relatives. Your guaranteed a great yield if you green manure your soil first.
O.k so you've got some heirloom seeds of veggies, herbs and fruit to plant, so why not get them of to a great start with the best soil prep to rival Rudolph Steiner's biodynamic preparations!
You'll need Pots, potting soil, or just soil, not going to get too technical here. And some mulch....more on mulch here.
The joy of harvesting your green manure will set your heart on fire with pure achievement, you'll know that deep down your doing something great in preparation for your plants to grow big and strong.
Below is a my terracotta pot with the harvested green manure and home grown compost on top getting ready to sit for 2-4 weeks or until it has decomposed into wonderful nutrient dense organic matter, ready for my strawberries.
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