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Post  Windmere on 7/17/2013, 12:22 pm

Hello all,

I recently read a blurb from Organic Gardening that recommended planting buckwheat just before planting fall crops.  The goal is to give the soil a compost boost with nutrients such as phosphorus and calcium.  It mentioned turning them over after they flower.  Here is a link to what I read:

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/buckwheat-summer-soil-boost/?cm_mmc=OGNews-_-1360650-_-07172013-_-Buckwheat_A_Summer_Soil_Boost_title

I'd like to know:  Has anyone tried this?  It would be something to think about in preparation for fall crops, garlic, etc.

Thanks for your comments~

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Re: Buckwheat to boost your soil?

Post  camprn on 7/17/2013, 12:25 pm

Cover crops are not recommended or necessary in the SFG. All you need is quality homemade compost to put back in the beds.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t12618-cover-crop-question?highlight=Cover+crops

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Post  Windmere on 7/17/2013, 12:50 pm

Hi Camprn,

That was just the sort of answer I was looking for.  I read all of the posts in the link you cited.  I love it:  Keep it simple!

Thanks for such a rapid response Camprn.  I appreciate it!

Wind

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Post  camprn on 7/17/2013, 2:26 pm

Sure thing! Happy to oblige! Wink 

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Post  jimmy cee on 7/17/2013, 7:53 pm

I'm not sure if I enjoy making compost as much as gardening...
Both are wonderful tasks, I had to use the local re-cycle centers compost this year, added a few items and has worked well for me.
Now I am using my own compost, a quarter bed 4X4 is ready and being used
A 4x4 bed is full and working for next spring
A new 4x4 bed is started
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