Garden cover crops keep your soil rich in nutrients all year long! Grown as an alternative to bare land when most other crops are not growing, cover crops decrease soil erosion and control weeds and plant diseases in your garden. Put nutrients back into the soil that your vegetables used up during the growing season. You'll increase your next harvest dramatically by protecting valuable topsoil from hard autumn rains and winter winds--the cause of 50% of all topsoil erosion.
Sow in the spring or fall. Large taproot breaks up clay soil helping with soil aeration and providing humus when turned over or tilled. Nitrogen-rich leaves crowd out weeds.
Sow in the fall. Provides pollen for pollinators and other beneficial insects. Thick cover prevents weed germination. This cover crop is a nitrogen-fixing plant that increases nitrogen levels in soil.
Sow in late spring to summer. An excellent soil conditioner widely used for weed control including quackgrass. Grows in the poorest of soils and can use and store phosphates which cannot be used by other crops.
Sow in the spring or fall. Hairy Vetch is winter hardy and a reliable nitrogen fixer in all parts of the U.S. Best planted with a nurse crop of barley. This is the only vetch which can also be fall sown in the North.
Sow in summer or fall. Large taproot helps break up clay soil. Fast growing, eliminating weed growth on soil surface. Provides large amounts of humus when turned under at the end of the season.Back to Top
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