Green manure

What would you recommend for a small garden? I have previously used field beans and buckwheat. The seeds I have has run out so I thought I'd try something new.


  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    I grew one of the Vetches a couple of years ago. Worked well for me.

  • SingySingy Posts: 206

    I put alfalfa down at the end of July, first time trying so will provide feedback after winter.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,186
    We are about to try hungarian grazing rye - but like singy, will have to wait a while for a verdict!
    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • SwedboySwedboy Posts: 297

    I thought Hungarian grazing rye was really hard to work with. Digging in and such. Better google vetches as I have no idea what that is.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    I can't remember where I got the seed, Swedboy. I thought it was T&M but they don't seem to carry them. Perhaps they don't anymore. Seeds are like small sweet pea seeds. Grew well, and good weed-suppressant qualities too.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,219

    I have grown phacelia tanacetifolia.  I did not dig it in though. I let it flower and the bees thought it was great. I then ripped it out and put it on the compost heap.

     Try the organic gardening catalogue for supplies. Much cheaper than little seed packets.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • SwedboySwedboy Posts: 297

    I got a winter mix from mr Forthergill's at my local garden centre which contains crimson and broad leaf clover, Westerwolths rye grass and white tilney mustard plus some prince claus crocuses I quite like the look of. 

  • I used a summer green manure mix with phacelia, mustard and vetch and  it has worked very well on my deep beds I sow it in august after lifting onions

  • mustard is a good one,easy to grow and breaks down great


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