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5131Re: [pfaf] Re: Green manure/mulch

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  • david.keltie@gmail.com
    Jan 29, 2011
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      I'd be surprised if phaelecia would do well in north Scotland....

      On 29 Jan 2011 10:23, "robinjw13" <robinkjw@...> wrote:
      > Hi Ludwig,
      >
      > White clover is low to establish and will not grow enough in one season for your needs. Vetch is good but has to be sown in autumn. I suggest crimson clover and/or phacelia. Both will grow rapidly during the summer and phacelia in particular even after flowering will give a lot of biomass that will lie on the soil (suppressing weeds) right through autumn and in to winter. Sow from April to the end of May.
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      > Robin
      >
      > --- In pfaf@yahoogroups.com, Ludwig <the_pooh_way@...> wrote:
      >>
      >> /Thank you everyone for your splendid suggestions.
      >>
      >> /Comfrey is indeed my favorite mulching and companion plant. It grows so
      >> well with trees. I use /Symphytum x uplandicum/, Russian Comfrey,
      >> bocking 14. Like Frank pointed out, it is an infertile hybrid. It is
      >> easily divided and propagated. But it won't turn up where you don't want it.
      >>
      >> I am looking for something else than comfrey, cause were I want to sow
      >> these green manures this year, I want to grow vegetables next year.
      >>
      >>
      >> Seems white clover, yarrow, borage, oats and alfalfa are recommended by
      >> Matthew Lynch. I might add Bird's foot trefoil (lotus corniculatus) or
      >> white mustard (sinapsis alba) or meadow fescue (festuca pratensis) to
      >> the mix. I like diversity :-)
      >>
      >> Steve, you said:
      >> For pasture or other broadacre design, a winter wheat/vetch/rye mixture
      >> may be appropriate.
      >>
      >> Is that a recommended mixture to sow next autumn, or can I still sow
      >> that this spring? What would you recommend to sow this spring?
      >>
      >> I'd love a recipe for comfrey salves Bekki!
      >>
      >> Thank you everyone!
      >>
      >> Ludwig
      >>
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