Green manure: An active break for your soil! - 31. May 2021

Your garden deserves an active break, so consider planting green manure! It is especially after a harvest, on an empty plot, that these mixtures demonstrate their benefits. They prevent soil erosion and stop any nutrients from washing out. Their roots aerate the soil and improve its structure. And at the right time, they can be cut, crushed, and enriched with the new biomass, either by mixing it directly to the ground or by filling it first.

The benefits of green manure:

  • Increases organic mass in the earth and improves the soil structure
  • Increases the amount of nitrogen in the soil, fertilising it for the next crop
  • Reduces nutrient loss and erosion
  • Reduces weed growth
  • Increases biodiversity in the garden and houses many beneficial insects

Most mixtures are typically sown in late summer or autumn on harvested plots to avoid leaving them fallow during winter. So, your soil is entitled to its active break during the cold season.

But there are also special mixtures that can be planted at other times, for example, if the garden cannot be cared for a long period of time. Below is a comparative list.

Green manure: How to do it

  • After harvesting, prepare a new seed bed by slightly opening the ground with a rake, and prepare it finely
  • Scatter the green manure mixture, and cover lightly using the rake
  • Non-wintering mixtures dry after the first frost. They can be cut, crushed and either mixed directly into the ground or composted. Compost can be applied once mature
  • Overwintering or bulky mixtures can be cut at any time and treated in the same way as described in the previous point.

Our green manure: https://www.zollinger.bio/en/species/192-grundungungen