Sow green manures
Clear spent crops promptly, otherwise dying foliage can quickly become infected by mildew or be smothered with pests if allowed to decay on the veg plot. Growing space left vacant over winter can be sown with a hardy green manure, which will smother weeds and help to prevent nutrients being washed from the soil during winter downpours. When dug-in next spring, green manures will release nutrients back into the soil. Winter mixes containing grazing rye, crimson clover and field beans are popular for September sowing and can be bought
from seed suppliers such as Mr Fothergill’s, Suttons and Thompson & Morgan.
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