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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Green manure what is it used for?

Use of Green Manure.

What is the purpose of green manure and what is it used for ?

Green manures are crops grown to help:
  • Building soil structure - humus.
  • Add organic matter to the soil - to dig in.
  • Add nitrogen and nutrients after producing a following crop - replenish the soil
  • Prevent weed growth - they provide competition for light and space with the weeds.
Phacelia is an easy to grow green manure.
Grown from seed but autumn is not the right time to plant this green manure.

This is the green manure crop mustard;
it is supposed to be good for clearing the ground of wire worm
which can be a nuisance in potato crops.
They can be used when the ground is 'idle' between growing crops.
Different types of green manure need to be used at different times of the year, for different purposes and on different soil types. the retailers of the green manure seeds usually have useful pages of information on this.

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote