This is the third time I have grown a green manure crop in the long front bed. The first time I tried oats and woolly pod vetch, which didn't turn out to be 'woolly' as I'd hoped. The second go was a massive crop of broad beans, they blocked out the sun. The only problem there was, it turns out, a lot of people really like to eat broad beans and if you grow them where they can see, they won't take kindly to you cutting them down before the beans form and forking them into the ground. Seriously they look at you like you're insane and then say things to you like, "We'll maybe I'll just fork my next cake back into the flour bag and not bring you a slice." There are two solutions to this problem. 1. Grow a second (smaller) supply of broad beans and assure your neighbors that they'll get to sample their old world 'greeny' taste in good time. 2. Greater green manure awareness. This year I'm growing broad beans again including of course, a supplementary crop for consumption. I bought a kilogram of seeds which turns out to be a LOT of seeds and have treated the seeds for the green manure bed with the special powdery black inoculate. This I am told, supplies Nitrogen fixing bacteria to the roots of legumes like broad beans. When the plants are just about to flower, I will take to them with implements and send them soil-ward. Until then it's feet up while nature, the industrial chemist goes to work, campaign for green manure awareness and an end to fertilizer factory explosions please!
|Just remember Ruby Rhod says, "it MUST be green, m-kay, m-kay!?"|
|We shall be needing oxygen masks when we get to the top of that one won't we Sir Edmund!|
|A field of little atmospheric processing units.|