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i have an allotment i refuse to buy antyign unless soil cert is on it, i have no manure and no mulch atm, barley and rye take 60days if drilled now, would it be wise to drill them and crimp them after 60days to create a mat of mulch , there as i can plant crops direct into it or lawnmow the field to small bits and use as a mulch again, ?

best way to get mulch, we dotn use cardboard for glues and dont use manure for herbicides we dotn use straw after herbices foudn on them too, so werre doin all on the land without bringing anything in exept raked leaves from my yard etc that i havent sprayed .



plan drill 25kg barley 10kg vetch for nitrogen, grow 60days , either crimp or mow, and plant crops

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  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,362
    What would you like to sell us?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190
    That has the look of a Google translate @B3.
    I'm afraid I'm struggling with it. No idea at all  :)
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  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,510
    edited 27 February
    Not google translate.
    If you had planted winter barley it would be ready to crimp some time in May, spring barley won't be ready until Early June. (depending on year and where you are of course)
    Both are to late to plant much after. Also remember it won't kill the vetch. If you plant right now in the south of England you're looking at 25 ish days just for emergence, if you are in Scotland 35 days.
    You'll also just be making a rod for your own back with the slugs, If you want to make some mulch you could plant those seeds in one area and then yes mow them and move the residue to your beds,
  • Skandi said:
    Not google translate.
    If you had planted winter barley it would be ready to crimp some time in May, spring barley won't be ready until Early June. (depending on year and where you are of course)
    Both are to late to plant much after. Also remember it won't kill the vetch. If you plant right now in the south of England you're looking at 25 ish days just for emergence, if you are in Scotland 35 days.
    You'll also just be making a rod for your own back with the slugs, If you want to make some mulch you could plant those seeds in one area and then yes mow them and move the residue to your beds,

    how would it make a difference to the slug balance ? mowing it over as apposed to a crimp, mulch was my aim without pesticides, everythign here has them, so i figure grow it myself, there is 60days until my main crop planting so that would be enough time to get barley etc bigg enough to cut as a mulch on my rows to retain water better as the months warm up,

    sorry my first post i had a drink when i posted
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