Legumes & Green Manure - Seeds
It is enough to cut green manures as they flower though they can also be cultivated into the top 5cm (2 inches) of soil. As part of the rotation they help build up organic matter and the rotation can be used to control weeds. If one is available, an inoculant is enclosed with the seed in a small plastic envelope. This is to be mixed through the seed before it is sown. As it is a dry powder it is best to use a sticker to ensure that every seed has a little on it. A good sticker is milk powder. So mix a little milk powder with the inoculant and seed. Add a tiny bit of water but not enough to leave any surplus in the mixing container or the mix will not stick very well. Your hand will be sticky too but it scrubs off easily. The inoculant is a dormant, beneficial, symbiotic bacteria which helps the plant obtain nitrogen from the air (in the soil). The plants will grow successfully without it however. Keep unused inoculant under refrigeration as it is to be kept in a dormant state until sown.