Just learned about the concept of "green manure" - a mix of cover crops that can be grown and then mowed and either tilled into the soil or laid on top as a mulch. They can improve the quality of the soil by fixing nitrogen, aerating it with deep, penetrating roots, converting the chemicals in the soil into more available forms, providing home for beneficial insects, etc
A lot of these plants can be planted over the winter in plots where you don't have anything growing, and I imagine this would work well with other #permaculture techniques like Ruth Stout, lasagna gardening, hugelkultur, or maybe even straw bale gardening if it's gathered and bound together
@socalledunitedstates I was just learning yesterday one of the crops people use for this is daikon radish because they have deep taproots that break up soil.
Reminds me of Sole's interview with Will Bonsall, lifelong vegan homesteader. Not much about permaculture, but a lot of talk about cover crops, polyculture, and mulching from someone with years of experience.
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@guido @socalledunitedstates oof nevermind that link expired (my aggregator deletes old episodes to save disk space.
Here is a fresh link:
@thufie Thanks! Subscribed and downloading this episode right now :)
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