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Soil improvement through green manuring - explained step by step

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Fertilizer from the trade or prefer to use compost? Neither one! Better improve your garden soil with green manuring. We show how to do it.

Plants can also be a good fertilizer

The use of a chemical fertilizer should always be absolutely taboo in the garden. You should prefer to use compost or improve your garden soil in a completely different way - namely by green manuring. With a special planting you can easily improve the soil in your garden. We will now explain step by step how you can set up such a foundation to improve the soil.

Instructions for performing green manuring

➤ Step 1 - buy soil mix:

There are many plants that not only look beautiful, but also improve the soil. This includes, for example, the blue lupine. It ensures optimal floor ventilation. In contrast, the cultivation of yellow mustard reduces the growth of weeds in the garden bed and at the same time promotes fertility. The student flowers also have a positive effect on soil fatigue and the intensive root system of the Phaecelia as well as that of alfalfa or buckwheat loosen the soil sustainably.

Of course, there are many other plants that contribute to soil improvement. For this reason, special gardening mixes containing a wide variety of plants are now even offered in gardening stores. Some of them have a very colorful bloom, so their sowing is also visually recommended. The blends are available, for example, with tagetes, marigolds, rudbeckia and gaillardia. First of all, buy a suitable product.

➤ Step 2 - Apply soil mixture:

Then spread the soil mixture in April / May by spreading it loosely, working it minimally into the garden soil with a rake and watering it well. Due to the average growth time of only 8 to 21 days, a colorful carpet of flowers forms in early summer, which sometimes even persists into autumn.

So that the plants can develop their full effect, you should water them sufficiently on dry days. Otherwise you don't have to do anything else.

➤ Step 3 - Work plants into the ground in spring:

As a rule, floor treatments are usually only applied for one year. An exception is the purple flowering alfalfa, which can remain in the garden for up to three years as a substitute for lawn. However, most of the regular floor treatments (which are often offered under the name "floor doctor") are not hardy, so they freeze back on their own due to the winter frost. This in turn offers a great advantage: You can work the plant remains in the garden soil in spring. In this way, they provide the soil with many important nutrients (comparable to humus).

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