Improve Garden Soil with Cover Crops
Article by: Valerie Palmer
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year - whether you're using chemical fertilizers or
gardening , Lawnmower Maintenance Tips That Help Produce The Best Lawns organically. Healthy , Backyard Landscaping Ideas - A Guide To Evergreen Trees And Shrubs soil is alive, actually
teaming with earthworms and micro-organisms by the millions
that have each got particular functions in making the soil
fertile. If your garden , Sunflowers soil is going to continue to
produce for you, it needs to be fed plenty of organic
Soil life eats and decomposes organic , Rock Gardens - A Different Kind of Garden matter, which causes
minerals to be released in a form that plant , Sunflowers roots can
absorb. In addition to this fertilizing effect, all the
organic , Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting waste helps the texture of the soil , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration - loosening
hard-packed clay or binding loose, sandy soil. , Landscaping Can Make or Break Curb Appeal for Homebuyers Humus gives
the soil , Camellias its necessary sponge-like texture that allows air
circulation and moisture , Fountains: A Garden's Best Friend retention.
For these beneficial processes to take place, , Getting Started with Garden and Patio Design the life in
soil , A Guide To Landscape Bridges needs fresh fuel, (organic matter). Without this
food, , Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting earthworms leave and microbes die, causing nutrients
to get locked away by soil , Growing Palms particles, unavailable to the
plants. , Getting Started with Garden and Patio Design Insect pests , Fountains: A Garden's Best Friend and diseases , Backyard Landscaping Ideas - A Guide To Evergreen Trees And Shrubs then attack the under-
nourished and vulnerable plants. , Compost: Food for the Soil It doesn't help to pour
on the chemical fertilizers; they don't contribute to a
flourishing soil , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well life or spongy soil , Growing Palms texture.
This is a simplification of a very complex natural , Weeds - We Need 'Em process
of soil , Who Sells Flower Bulbs? chemistry that justifies in-depth study in its own.
But the intention here is to give a basic idea of the
absolute necessity of a generous annual , The History of the Gnome addition of organic
matter to all continuously used garden , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers in Your Future? soil. Now, here are
some suggestions about how to , The Care of Cattleya Orchids feed the soil. , Wood Ticks
Haul in compost, , How to Grow Organic Cigar Tobacco buying it in packaged form or by the yard
from nurseries. Processors in your area (cider mills,
canneries, etc.) often have organic , A Guide To Landscape Bridges material for the
taking. Farms , A Guide To Landscape Bridges nearby might welcome removal of animal
manures: horse, cattle, chicken, rabbit are all good. Of
course, chop garden , Planning Permission Tips UK - Landscaping Schemes - Do They Add Value-Is It The Chicken Or The Egg? residues and weeds , Sunflowers into the soil , Getting Started with Garden and Patio Design after
the crop is finished. Also chop in the hay or straw , Camellias that
was used as mulch. Gather leaves and lawn , A Guide To Landscape Bridges clippings and
dig them in.
Here's the quickest, least hassle method for taking just
about any stretch of soil , Camellias and turning it into excellent
loam. Grow , Barefoot at the Cottage a cover-crop, or green , Abatement and Congregation of Material manure, and simply till
it in. This practice, when done over time, actually
replenishes the top-soil instead of removing it with
harvested crops. This is a particular benefit for gardeners
who are growing food , The History of the Gnome in the same location , Trust Your Plants - They Know How To Grow! over a period of
Notes on using green , Tulip Divisions - Garden Tulips and Their Identities manures:
1) You can grow , Creativity with Ponds green manures in a rotation (an early
green , Summer Gardening is All Weeding and Watering! manure followed by a late-season planting of produce,
or a late cover-crop following an early summer , Water Pond Designs harvest like
lettuce and peas) so that even if you have a small garden
you will have a harvest crop as well as a cover-crop every
2) Using green , Patio Accessories - Complete The Great Outdoors manures can be done by any gardener with or
without powered equipment. However, a roto-tiller is the
easiest method. If necessary, you can rent one.
Here are the most common kinds of cover-crops for home
A) Buckwheat: in addition to growing , Patio Accessories - Complete The Great Outdoors well even in poor
soil, , Camellias it chokes out weeds. , Soil Plus Compost Equals Lush Healthy Plants Sow buckwheat in summer, , Italian Vegetable Seeds after
harvesting peas, etc.
B) Ryegrass: this grows , Water Pond Designs rapidly and is very hardy, adding
a good amount of bulk. Best to choose annual , Barefoot at the Cottage varieties.
Ryegrass is a good crop for late-summer since it dies back
for easy tilling in spring. , Camellias
C) Legumes (alfalfa, peas, vetch, soybeans, etc.): these
will "fix" nitrogen from the air , Tulip Divisions - Garden Tulips and Their Identities if you use "inoculated"
seeds, , Water Pond Designs attracting the right micro-organisms. Notice that
some legumes are vegetables; giving both food , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room and green
manure from the same crop.
In addition to its benefits to soil, , The Care of Cattleya Orchids there are many good
reasons to grow , Abatement and Congregation of Material green manure. They help with weed , Soil Plus Compost Equals Lush Healthy Plants control,
bee attraction, and provide a beautiful green , Water Pond Designs cover that
keeps the garden , Lawn Care Information looking nice right up to the time snow
flies.Valerie Palmer, writer and master gardener, contributes to
TLC Gardening, , Soil Plus Compost Equals Lush Healthy Plants
offering valuable free information , Flower Bulbs in Dry Climate to enhance your gardening
experience. Also visit Full Storage or FB Home
to find more articles by Valerie Palmer.
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