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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Same-year crop rotation for higher latitudes

If a garden bed isn/t doing anything else, consider broad beans. They will produce a crop and a green manure (vegetable matter to be incorporated for soil improvement and fertility) simultaneously. Instead of tilling, we scythe ours at maturity and let it lie, to be covered in time with other mulch/compost ingredients, such as comfrey leaves, grass clippings, composted barn straw (rich in offerings from the chickens and ducks), and tree leaves, then later plant seedlings right through it all.

Broad beans and favas or "field beans" can be planted in late fall and will crop when most other crops are being planted, providing much needed nutrition at the critical "hungry time."


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