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Green manure


By incorporating plant material back into the soil, Green Manure enriches the soil structure, amplifies nutrient content, and bolsters microbial activity. This results in enhanced crop productivity and resilience, while reducing reliance on synthetic fertilizers.


Select Appropriate Cover Crops

The choice of cover crops used as green manure must be suitable for the specific soil type, climate, and crop rotation plan. Selecting legumes can help fix nitrogen, while other species may be better for suppressing weeds or pests.


Advantage: Soil health

​Green manure enhances soil structure, increases organic matter, and boosts nutrient content, leading to healthier soil. This can result in improved water retention and a more fertile growing environment for crops.

Advantage: Weed & Pests 

Certain green manure crops can effectively suppress weed growth and break pest and disease cycles, reducing the need for chemical interventions.

Disadvantage: Complexity

Proper use of green manure requires careful selection, timing, and integration with other farming practices. Mismanagement can lead to challenges such as nitrogen immobilization, competing with subsequent crops, or even encouraging certain pests and diseases.

Disadvantage: Time intensive

Establishing green manure crops requires investment in seed, potential irrigation, and management. If not done effectively, this process can consume time and resources without yielding the expected benefits.

green manure plants

Left: The foliage of green manure plants form a dense living blanket that helps prevent weeds from taking hold

Right: Crimson clover attracts wildlife, improves the structure of the soil and helps to add nitrogen.

crimson clover
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