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We've Got You Covered: A Guide to Cover Crops

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  • Dorene Miller Aug 13, 2019

    Is there an answer to John’s question of 8/15/18? I have cool season Garden Cover Crop Mix. Do i turn it over or let it grow?


  • Brahm BEDELL Aug 6, 2019

    Louise Bailey: Thank you for the additional insight! People need to understand the necessity of soil maintainance, especially when our water is becoming more and more precious. Cheers to No Till & Cover Crops!


  • Louise Bailey Sep 19, 2018

    I just took a course on cover crops and it’s amazing how beneficial this is. The course was also on ‘No Till’, so for anyone interested, in spring (April/May) you basically just push your cover crop over. Don’t mow it, don’t chop it down, just push it all over to flatten it out. Then you just poke holes directly through it plant your seeds, or you can pull parts of it away to expose the soil to plant if needed. By gardening this way you are ensuring rich nutrient soil. It may take a few years, but eventually you’ll have nice soft fluffy soil. (tilling to fluff the soil does not ensure better water drainage as folks think, but no-till method does). The state we live in is promoting no-till through education in hopes more backyard gardeners will do Cover Crops/No Till to improve soil integrity.


  • Helen Lyons Aug 18, 2018

    This is by far the best article I have seen written on this subject. Where can I find a printed copy?


  • John Aug 15, 2018

    So you grow your cover crop, do you just turn it over into the soil and mix it up. I am a backyard farmer using my yard to grow our veggies
    Thanks John


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