Green manure

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Green manure
« on: November 09, 2018, 08:37 »
Hi all, Strawberry plants arriving today and am going to put them into a bed that has a Green Manure growing in it, some of the plants are 2í tall so whatís the best way to deal with this. Do I cut it all down to ground level and fork it all over or chop it all up and fork it in?
As you can see itís my first time with a Green Manure. Itís in the Polytunnel.
Thanks in advance.
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Roccinante

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Re: Green manure
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2018, 09:01 »
If it were me, I would chop up the green manure, cover the bed with cardboard or other light excluding material, and plant the strawberries through it. The green manure should die and rot (rather than regrow) which will provide some nutrition for the soil and strawberries.

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Re: Green manure
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2018, 17:59 »
My thought.....
Green manure is normally cut and dug or as above covered in early spring so by the time it has rotted it is releasing its goodness say nitrogen, nitrogen at this time of the year is a waste as the strawberries will be dormant.
If you have already bought the strawberry plants then I would do as al78 has suggested, if not then wait till spring and do it then. 
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Re: Green manure
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2018, 12:50 »
You could pop your strawberries into pots or a large trough filled with a light compost - perhaps a multi-purpose mixed 2:1 with compost:perlite mix then transplant them in early spring.
Incidentally, I did really well with strawberries in hanging baskets this year. I got some S hooks and hung the baskets from the crop bars in the polytunnel. No devil slugs and snails!
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