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Green manure is a category of cover crops that are—by definition—turned into the soil before they mature. They are grown to out-compete weeds and to maintain and improve soil health for the production of cash crops. Green manure crops, sometimes called green cover, provide a fertile garden manure or green compost. In some permaculture systems, the green manures can also be used for green mulch. Green manuring adds organic matter, nitrogen and other key nutrients as part of overall soil management. Green manures, along with other organic manures, are a vital aspect of sustainable crop rotation and soil fertility management. Green manure seeds or green manure plants are easy to find from seed dealers and are an important component of a sustainable farm. Key practices include green manure, organic matter, soil quality/health, living mulches, permaculture, nutrient cycling, continuous cropping, cover crops.