Collection: Green Manure

Improve your soil with green manure cover crop seeds

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Collection: Green Manure vs. Cover Crops

Green manure is a term often used to describe crops grown specifically to be plowed under, enriching the soil and promoting sustainable agriculture. These crops, typically annuals, offer many benefits for soil health and crop production.

Understanding Green Manure

Although we often use the term "cover crop" to describe any non-food crop grown to benefit the soil, the term "green manure" is specifically applied to crops grown to be plowed under. Green manure crops are typically annuals, such as Soil Builder Mixes, Vetches, and Bell Beans. The primary purpose of green manure is to add significant amounts of nitrogen and organic matter to the soil, enriching its fertility and structure.

Benefits of Green Manure Crops

  1. Improved Soil Structure: Green manure crops are vital in improving soil structure. As they grow and develop, their roots help break up compacted soils, enhancing aeration and allowing plant roots to penetrate more deeply. This, in turn, promotes healthier root development for subsequent crops.

  2. Increased Water Infiltration and Retention: The organic matter contributed by green manure crops acts as a sponge for retaining moisture in the soil. It increases the water-holding capacity, reducing the need for frequent irrigation and making the soil more resilient during dry periods.

  3. Weed Suppression: Another valuable benefit of green manure is weed suppression. These crops grow vigorously and shade out weeds, reducing the competition for resources and helping to maintain a weed-free planting area.

  4. Nutrient Enrichment: Green manure crops add essential nutrients to the soil. Their decomposition releases nitrogen and other valuable minerals, which are then available for future crops. This natural nutrient cycling reduces the reliance on synthetic fertilizers, promoting environmentally friendly farming practices.

  5. Erosion Prevention: Growing green manure crops also plays a crucial role in reducing the risk of soil erosion. Their extensive root systems stabilize the soil, preventing it from being washed away during heavy rains or blown away by strong winds.

Exploring Green Manure Products

Now, let's take a closer look at some of the green manure products available on our site:

  1. Soil Builder Mixes: Soil Builder Mixes are convenient and versatile for enriching soil. These mixes often contain a combination of legumes and grasses, providing a well-rounded source of nutrients and organic matter. The specific varieties in these mixes may vary, but they are carefully curated to offer optimal soil improvement.

  2. Vetches: Vetches are a popular green manure choice due to their ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, enriching the soil with this essential nutrient. Common vetch and hairy vetch are two common varieties you can find on the website. They are fast-growing and particularly effective at suppressing weeds.

  3. Bell Beans: Bell beans are another fantastic green manure option. They are known for their nitrogen-fixing abilities and are suitable for improving soil fertility. Bell beans have deep roots that help break up compacted soil layers and enhance water penetration.

Green manure crops are a valuable tool in sustainable agriculture. They offer numerous benefits, including improved soil structure, enhanced water retention, weed suppression, nutrient enrichment, and erosion prevention.

Enjoy our resource video on green manure and find more information here on all our cover crops for sale.

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