Posted by Wayne Robinson
yellow trefoil green manure

Green Manure is not just for Autumn/Winter, it can also be beneficial when used for intersowing between crops.

Birdsfoot Trefoil is a low growing green manure that can be sown between taller growing crops such as Beans, Peas, Tomatoes, and Sweetcorn.

birdsfoot trefoil green manure seeds


This approach delivers many benefits:

  1. Helps to retain moisture during the summer months
  2. Suppresses weed growth
  3. Highly attractive to the pollinators

After the main crop has been harvested Birdsfoot Trefoil can be left in the ground throughout winter or it can be dug in. It's a perennial plant and in ideal conditions can last up to 3 years. 

A true wonder plant...and all done naturally!

Another green manure alternative that can do the same job is White Clover. Here you can see it intersown with sweetcorn

white clover green manure intersown with sweetcorn