Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cover Crops

Summer's over and the garden is winding down. One of the things you can do to prepare your garden plot for next year is to grow cover crops. A cover crop will help reinvigorate your soil with valuable nutrients, and in some instances the roots will aerate the soil. During the rainy season, the crops prevent the water from washing away all the vital nutrients your warm weather veggies need. Planting a crop will also help the abundant life found in humus, a necessity for healthy soil. A cover crop can be a group of different plants or just one plant that will grow in your garden bed through the winter. A few weeks before you begin to plant in the spring, till the cover crop into the soil. One of the best things you can do for a successful garden is to till the ground, loosening the soil. The OHSU Extension published this handy pdf on cover crops that you can check out here. The Portland Nursery also has a great cover crop guide, found here. Photo Credit: djfrantic

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