I don't know where to put this so here goes... Has anyone ever tried growing something for green manure for a container like for instance 18-gallon totes? I used them for planting last summer and fall and tho I did use ferts I'd like to add some more organic matter before planting tomatoes. So, what I'm thinking is I might remove a 6-8 inch layer of the potting soil first. Then in a separate container in the house at room temps, sprout a good thick layer of cooking beans. Let them get a couple inches of root on them and set them outside to freeze. Then add them to the container and put the soil back on top I took out at first. I know sprouting makes some changes in seeds, I would let them go for a while in the house but if you ever made sprouts you know beans will smell after a while. What do you think?
Last Edit: Feb 15, 2012 6:07:19 GMT -6 by mogarden
So no one has any opinion either way? I know green manure crops are usually allowed to grow longer before being killed off, but this is just a case of doing something rather than nothing. I only have a few days to decide if I want to do this, as this weather we're having I don't know if I can bet on having a freeze. I mean the longer I wait the less likely.
I don't have any idea to be honest .. I have really never tried .. But have added compost that wasn't cooked to some stuff and it did fine .. I may try this when the weather gets better tho Just to see
Post by Pharmer Phil on Feb 19, 2012 8:34:13 GMT -6
Mo, I never done anything intentional, but have had pots outdoors that became populated by grass, weeds etc. and when I pulled the intended plant...left the hitchhikers to die...then...kinda messed it all up in the fall...and replanted in the summer...reckon by then all the green matter had broken down..same difference ??
Post by redneckplanter on Mar 11, 2012 0:49:38 GMT -6
what if you planted in thick bricks of dirt sod ytpe consistecy phil? say 4 inches thick.the organics get tall or to desired size. then flip the brick organics are now underneath.add organic bricks in stacks to desired height and then backfill with desired potting medium.new mater roots reach down and tap into rotting organics.like a european potato trench kind of like?