Good green manure for garlic beds?

charleskozJuly 22, 2012

I've got a couple of empty garlic beds now and since it's only mid-July there's a couple of months of growing season left here in Vermont. What's a good "green manure" type crop to use to enhance the soil? I was going to just toss out a random assortment of peas and beans.. but maybe some of you have better ideas. :)


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I've got alfalfa planted. It fixes nitrogen and adds humus when tilled in.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 10:20PM
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mister_potato_head(VT 5a)

Peas and beans are a good choice, if you have left over seed. They are legumes, and will fix nitrogen too. I usually grow buckwheat as a fast green manure crop. In Vermont, I can easily get two crops of buckwheat on a fallow garden, or one crop after my early veggies are done.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 1:42PM
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Winter rye is good too, that's what I've used this past year.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 1:05PM
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qbush(6, NE MA)

I use buckwheat for the nitrogen, fast green material, and ease of incorporation. We only have a small rototiller, and hand labor. I have been amazed at how much a single application can do for my soil!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 10:52PM
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I keep a spare bag or two of maple and filbert leaves on tap at all times and I give my garlic bed a generous heap of leaves in the early fall before I ever plant. I replenish as needed to keep a few inches of mulch on until around June when the tops start to dry off.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2012 at 2:47AM
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