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 iv'e got another half plot allotment thats not be cultivated for a year or more! can any one tell me how i go about sowing mustard as a green manure ? can just broad cast it on the top over the weeds or should I skim the weeds off and the sow ?     iv'e looked in the seed catalogue but carn't seem to find the answer ! atb DD,  ps   also will the predicted cold spell stop it from germinating?

Last edited: 21 February 2018 19:47:23


  • PlashingPlashing Posts: 328

    It would be best if you clear the weeds first and then sow your mustard,I would wait till this predicted cold spell passes and then sow it,mustard is quick to germinate if the weather is warmish and showery.My father used to grow it to help very sandy soil to give it some, body to stop it blowing away because we farmed on very sandy soil,it does help to suppress the weeds. hope that will help in some way,I also use a autumn green manure mix which I will be digging in any time. Regards Peter.

  • Peter thank you for your advice ,i'll do as you surgest and sow when when the cold snap passes .atb DD

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,752
    @samanthanichols1299Q0YTZpzV - the thread nearly five years old, so I expect the posters have sorted their problem out with the advice already offered   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I wonder how many other people think as I do when seeing the huge quantity of leaves which have fallen on concrete, the most obvious, on pavements. Apart from being tricky to walk on, for fear of slipping, I can't help thinking if only there was an easy way to collect them. Having carted scores of fallen leaves over the years just around our house and garden,I realise the value of leaf mould on the vegetable patch. It is truly worth its weight in gold.
  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,478
    sutton.langley   As Fairygirl says, this thread is five years old but, as you've joined in, don't forget a high set rotary mower will collect leaves without grass AS LONG AS THEY'RE DRY.  Once wet and battered, they're lost I'm afraid unless you fancy the irksome job of raking them up.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,752
    The thread was resurrected by a persistent 'copy and paste' spammer folks.  :)

    Green manure [the thread topic] is a very different resource from leaves though, as it's dug into the ground.
    I've often collected fallen leaves from pavements. It is indeed a very valuable addition for the garden  @sutton.langley :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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