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Beneficial Planting

Gardeners have developed many ways in which to use plants to help outwit pests, attract pollinating insects and enrich the soil in the vegetable garden.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Winter Tare Used as Green Manure to Aid Plants
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Enrich the Soil

Plants known as green manures are grown for digging back into the soil to add valuable nitrogen and organic material. In small gardens they are best used in conjunction with compost and other organic matter, and dug in before they set seed and become woody.



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