Cover crops for home gardens

 

Courtesy of Mike Heath

Above: Buckwheat next to garlic.

I know. The first question you ask is, "Why use a cover crop? I only have a small garden." When we talk about cover crops we are talking specifically about vegetable gardens. Whether you have a small garden, for example a 10 x 10 (or 100 square foot) plot, or a large garden a cover crop will benefit the soil. I've talked before about crop rotation and a small plot is certainly doable but a larger plot or multiple plots make rotation easier. At some point you have an area that is completely out of production and will be fallow for a while. Fallow just means that it doesn't have a crop plante...



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