Green manures

Green manure is defined as the sowing of plants which are later ploughed into the soil. This has a beneficial effect on the soil and the organisms living in it. It is an effective type of soil improvement and, depending on the plants sown, can result in the following improvements:
- Absorption of easily soluble nutrients in autumn (preventing washing-out)
- Soil loosening, improving the structure and protecting against erosion
- Can inhibit the growth of weeds
- Nutrient enrichment
- Encouraging beneficial organisms
The choice of the type of green manure depends to some extent on the previous and subsequent crop, the season and the desired effects.

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