Green manure for the vegetable patch

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Lupines are suitable for green manuring

The rule of thumb in the amateur gardening sector says that always one green manure on one Vegetable bed should be sown if a break in cultivation of over six weeks arises. Green manure protects the earth's crust because it provides the soil with the necessary shade and prevents the soil from becoming clogged by heavy downpours.

Loosening of the soil by green manuring
The green manure causes the soil is penetrated by deep roots and undergoes appropriate loosening. Even after mowing the green manure is still effective for the soil, because the cut can be mulched and thus provide the soil permanently with important humus. Around late summer, the harvested beds are sown with a winter green manure.

Green manure stores nutrients
In addition to the already mentioned advantages of green manure, this also causes it as a fast-growing plant to absorb the soluble nutrients in the soil and store them in the soil over the winter. The nutrients can not be washed out and offer the new vegetables again good growth conditions in the spring.

The green manure must be incorporated into the soil no later than three weeks before planting the vegetables, whereby wintergreen must be comminuted particularly well, which is not necessary in summer green manuring.

Video Board: How to Grow and Use Green Manure Crops in the Vegetable Garden.

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