- Easy to grow, excellent for improving soil nutrient levels.
- Over winter to cut down and dig in during spring
An excellent assortment of crops that improves the texture and nutrient levels of your soil for future crops. For best results over-winter to cut down and dig in during spring.
Grows these hardy plants over winter and not only will you have a wintering bed of greens to keep weeds from taking hold in the colder months, you’ll be investing in your soil too. Once dug into the soil these plants release nutrients and texture, as well as bio-fumigants from the mustard, which naturally keep rot and mould-producing diseases at bay.
Will cover approximately 20 sqm.
Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum)
Broad Leaf Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Both these leguminous plants fix nitrogen from the air into nitrates that are accessible to plants, particularly good for leafy crops like brassicas and spinach.
Rye Grass (Lolium multiflorum)
When dug in Rye grass adds bulk as well as nutrients to your soil.
White Tilney Mustard (Sinapsis alba)
Releases natural fumigants into the soil to keep soil-borne diseases at bay. A great alternative to disease-fighting chemicals that are no longer available to the home grower.
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How to Guide
September-October. Prepare the area for planting by digging, raking level, firming the area by walking over and then raking the surface level to a fine tilth. Scatter the seeds evenly over the area. Lightly rake the soil to cover the seeds and keep the area moist.
Keep moist and allow plants to grow on during the autumn and winter months. Remove any obvious weeds from the area.
In spring before flowering or before you plant out your spring crops, chop foliage down to a fine mulch. Thoroughly dig and turn over the soil burying all foliage and roots. Rake level to plant your crop.