Plants to sow

Seeds for the inter row can be selected and sown with a variety of aims in mind:

  • To encourage beneficial insects and pollinators
  • To increase organic matter
  • To add nitrogen
  • To improve water holding capacity
  • To break up compaction

Some plants are good for beneficials because they host "pests" like aphids which provide food for lacewings, ladybirds and hover flies.

Below is a draft list of plants and some of their useful traits.
We plan on making this list more detailed in the near future.

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Inter-row management to aid beneficial arthropods and improve soil health

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Great example of flowers in the inter row from Ross Arnett's (Pic by Ross)

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Brassicas are attractive to aphids which bring in a lot of predators like ladybirds

Buckwheat flowers within 6 weeks of planting which helps bring in small flies, parasitoids and bees.

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