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Cover Crops??

Post  Aub on 10/12/2010, 11:17 pm

What do you need cover crops for? What do you use? Does anyone else do this?

I was just reading a few posts and people were saying that they were planting Cover Crops. I don't know anything about this!

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Post  Old Hippie on 10/13/2010, 12:35 am

Cover crops or green manure crops are crops that you plant in the "off" season, for me it is fall, and plow under in spring, a couple of weeks before you plant your regular stuff. The theory behind it is that these green manure crops put lots of nitrogen that is needed by your other crops, back into the soil. As well when you till them under they add lots of organic matter to the soil. There are several crops you can use for this......fava beans, vetch, and there are others.

In the SFG, it is probably not really necessary because as we harvest a square we dig in more compost to replace the nutrients that our crop used up.

My potato patch is not the SFG style but the rest of my garden is. The soil is very poor where I planted the potatoes. Potatoes are okay with a poorer soil but it is not good to keep planting them in the same area year after year so to prepare the ground for corn, which I will plant there next year, I wanted to get more nitrogen in the soil. That is why I am using a cover crop. Plus, it is just one more thing to experiment with.

That is not the best explanation in the world but I hope it helps.

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Post  Megan on 10/13/2010, 7:49 pm

I am very curious to hear how this works in a SFG. I *love* the idea, but am a little concerned that turning it under may be tough to do in a small raised bed.

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