This messy looking garden is in good shape. It is early spring here in New Zealand, too early to plant; however, the mustard green manure was going to seed, so I dug it into the soil. The mustard was 60cm high (maybe 20 inches), soft green with pale yellow flowers. I planted the mustard as a green manure, it is an old gardener trick, from before modern fertilizers. We forget that the growth is as deep below as it is high above. I was amazed, pleased; the soil was dark, friable and well structured. Exactly the result I was looking for.
My wife asked how come I knew about green manures. The reply, Mr Coleman (Gorilla was his nickname) taught me in his agriculture class – maybe 35 years ago. He is dead now, died of cancer after a long illness and an even longer period teaching. Thank you Mr Coleman. I appreciate that teachers plant seeds that grow.