Category: Green Manure

  • A Note on Cover Crops

    We ultimately look to our soil to be the source of our nutrition. Naturally, the soil can only give back what we put into it. After having a soil test done by your local extension office you can knowledgeably get to work amending the soil to produce the most nutrient dense food impossible. However, a…

  • Medium Red Clover – Cover Crop

    If you are faced with depleted soil and have a season or two to enrich the soil before your desired planing, one of the best cover crops or green manures to introduce to your property is medium red clover. Medium red clover brings nitrogen to the soil from the air and deposits for the benefit…

  • Building Healthy Soil

    Diane Relf is an Extension Specialist of Environmental Horticulture at Virginia Tech and wrote a terrific publication entitled Building Healthy Soil. The publication includes: The article describes very plainly the more organic matter in the soil the more moisture it retains reducing runoff and soil erosion. Relf also promotes growing cover crops and green manures…

  • Red Clover

    Red Clover

    Wherever red clover thrives there is no more valuable plant than this legume for making and keeping soils productive under ordinary crop-rotations. The tyro in farming finds his neighbors conservative in thought and method, and may rightly see room for improvement. He naturally turns to new crops that are receiving much exploitation, but should bear…

  • What is Green Manure?

    What is Green Manure?

    We all know the benefits of manure in the garden. When you let horse and cow manure to age, you can add it to your garden to improve the soil’s nutrient level and its ability to retain water. You can also see these same benefits when you plant a cover crop and then turn the…