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Bed 1: Green Manure

By Scarecrow
Bed 1: Green ManureBed 1 was cleared earlier in January (when it was clear I wasn't going to get any carrots from the second planting either!)
Some home grown chicken manure/bedding, that had been standing for a couple of months, was added and mixed in
A light dusting of dolomite and crushed rock minerals added
The bed was kept moist (with the help of 151mm of rain in February!!!!!)
Bed 1: Green ManureIt has now been thickly planted with Broad Beans - 4 packets and some are already up!
This will be a Green Manure crop...cut down before it flowers...to provide some compost greens and mulch/worm food in the Wicking Bed.
Bed 1: Green ManureHopefully to leave behind pink root nodules full of nitrogen like these from last years planting in Bed 2.
To help this process I will 'inoculate' the bed with soil from Bed 2 where these grew so well last year.
This involves mixing a couple of handfuls of bed 2 soil with rainwater, I'll include some worm tea and molasses to encourage the microbial growth!
Bed 1: Green Manure

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