It’s August and harvesting all the ripening crops in the veg garden is not only in full swing, but also starting to reach its peak. So once crops have been harvested, sow ‘green manure’ to enhance the soil quality to prepare it for next growing season.
When harvesting, you’re probably occupied with finding different ways to eat and preserve the wonderful quantity of fresh veg. But do also spare a thought for the soil left empty after harvest is complete.
It’s not ideal to keep soil uncovered for any length of time, especially over winter. The main reason being is that wind and rain can wash away all that nutrient rich top level of soil. Also, if left uncovered, weeds can soon germinate and grow quickly even during the depths of winter.
One of the best ways to help keep soil weed free and full of goodness is to sow what’s known as ‘green manures.’ These are fast growing crops that for various reasons, enhance the soil quality, as well as keeping it covered over winter.
Just a case of sprinkling seeds of your choice over the vacant soil, raking level and then allowing the seeds to germinate and grow. These can then either be pulled up or dug into the soil the following spring.
Most garden centres and plant nurseries keep a stock of the various types of green manure on display, with the best times of the year to sow them displayed on the packet.