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Green manure at the Trial Grounds

This week at the trial grounds Toby is cutting and mulching his green manure. Sown in the autumn in the tunnel and outdoors this mustard has lots of benefits to the soil. The mustard has got very tall and is ready to be cut and dug into the soil.

The mustard has got very tall and is ready to be cut and dug into the soil. The pictures show the process of ‘activating’ this manure. When the mustard is cut and mulched with the lawnmower it releases a gas, it is very mild and when it is rotovated into the soil the gas kills pathogens and bugs under the soil. It also rots to create an organic matter to feed the soil as well as clean the bugs out! Mustard is very worthwhile in greenhouses or tunnels at home and available all year round from Suttons.

 TIP FROM TOBY:

PINCH OUT SWEET PEAS

To get really strong sweet pea plants this year you need to pinch them out now, Toby has given a little demonstration below:

 

As well as rotovating in the tunnel this week Toby and the team are busy preparing all the ground outside for sowing all Suttons trial vegetables and flowers this year, the compact tractor that they use makes life a lot easier:

 

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