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GROWING GREEN

Looking for a natural way to improve the condition of your soil? Then grow some green manures, says Julie Moore

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Lupins, being a legume, are a good nitrogen-fixer
The best way to protect the fertility of our treasured soil is to keep it covered by growing plants

As gardeners, we know that the success of our plot is directly related to the health of our soil. Soil is our most valuable asset and, as such, needs to be protected. The best way to protect and improve our soil is by keeping it covered with crops, whether it be an edible or green manure crop.

Green manuring isn’t a new concept. The Ancient Greeks recognised the value of green manures but with the advent of the Second World War and the development of man-made chemicals and fertilisers to increase productivity, the use of green manures declined. Today, as we seek more natural ways of maintaining healthy soils and crops, green manures are once again back in vogue.

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*** 5 Brand new videos inside! - for more, see here: https://www.youtube.com/kitchengardenmagazine?sub_confirmation=1 *** September is traditionally a time for harvesting summer crops of fruit and vegetables and preserving any gluts so we can enjoy them through the long winter. However, there is still plenty we can do to stretch the growing season to ensure an early and productive start next year. A cold frame is helpful to extend the growing season and in this issue Joyce Russell shows you how to make one. Soil is our most precious commodity in the garden and after a year of hard work it deserves a bit of TLC. So this month we have two features, starting on pages 42 and 73, dedicated to helping you keep your soil fighting fit. There is plenty of info on crops, too; expert grower Rob Smith has some great top tips on growing broccoli and calabrese, while this month our resident fruit expert David Patch turns his attention to figs. Finally don’t forget to enter our great fun Passionate Plotter and Wonky Veg competitions for the chance to win some super prizes!