Grow Cover Crops and Green Manure in the Summer
Most cover crops are planted in late summer, but there are some cover crop seed mixes that can go in the ground in the springtime and give you benefits by the end of the summer. Cover cropping is a cheap and effective way to fertilize your garden, hold topsoil in place, and retain moisture during the summer heat. Planting a cover crop on a fallow garden bed or farm field is a classic organic gardening technique. It also seems rather mysterious to those new to organic gardening. But it's simple as can be. The principle of cover cropping is to grow plants that will nourish the soil. If you cut down cover crops that have high nitrogen levels, and turn them into the soil (where they will break down) the cover cropping is called "green manure". In our video about green manure Tricia shows you how to till in, turn in, or compost a cover crop. You'll be adding more organic matter, which will improve soil structure over time, when you till in these green crops. We have the largest selection of cover crops, at the best prices, on the West Coast.