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Velvetbean, as green manure

15 years ago

My large garden is exhausted, sandy, well-drained. I was researching Velvetbean and it seems to be just what we need for the conditions I have.It grows well in sandy, infertile soils. It is vigorous-growing in the warm season. In one article i read, it mentioned it being superior to cowpeas for improving future vegetable crop yields. It was used extensively before the 1940's before fertilizers got cheaper.

I really need a crop that will add lots of organic matter to the soil and reduce nematodes. I also want to leave it growing and forget it for a while instead of trying to farm the whole big garden (exhausting for me).

Can anyone relate a personal experience with growing Velvetbean?

Thanks in advance,


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