Green manure

Green manure

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Caption: Green manure. Gardener mixing a fodder radish (Raphanus sativus) crop into a vegetable bed. Green manure is a plant crop that is grown in a vegetable bed prior to the cultivation of food crops. The plants are grown in situ and then dug in once matured. The cultivation of green manure crops improves soil fertility and may supress some weeds. It a technique used in organic farming.

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