Coming Through – the Rye

  Ken often plants rye in the fall.  It will start growing later in the year than other green manures, and grow up again in spring.        It provides soil cover to lessen erosion, root mass and plant matter to boost organic matter. It tempers soil temperature to promote microbial life in the soil – all good.         It is always fun to see the rye coming up when other …

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Green Manures – Rye

Ken works to keep soil covered.  He often says, “Naked soil is dying soil.”  He means that either mulch or green manures will maintain moderate soil temperatures to promote microbial life, prevent erosion, add nutrients, – so many things!  Ken often mulches.  He also likes to plant green manures.     What are green manures?  It is a crop intended to promote soil health rather than a crop to be harvested.  Green manures are often …

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