One thing you will hear over and over again in the gardening community is cover crops, cover crops, cover crops. What is all they hype? Are they really that great? It sounds complicated.
My dear friend, let me tell you a little secret, Yes! They are worth all the hype and NO they aren't that complicated! Great news!
So now that you have been let in the secret, let me share with you the top 6 reasons to grow cover crops and show you how it's done! It can be as simple or as involved as you want it to be. Either way you are not going to go wrong planting cover crops.
I actually filmed this video last year. Then I got pregnant and then the morning sickness came along... But it is here now and just as useful as it was when I first filmed it.
Join me in the video below to learn all about cover crops and be sure to leave any questions in the comments below.
Top 6 Reasons to Use Cover Crops
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See, I told you cover crops were easier than you thought.
Here are 4 of my favorites:
Hairy vetch- A legume so it it is a nitrogen fixer. It has pretty purple flowers that are love by pollinators and are pretty in bouquets. It is a perennial but is easy removed.
German Fox Tail Millet- a quick growing annual grass that is much loved by our milk cows and goats. is perfect for green manure and mulching.
Buck wheat- Buckwheats have pretty little flowers that add a dainty touch to bouquets and they are great at attracting pollinators. We often plant our next to any squash we are growing.
Beans- Yes, beans are often used as a cover crop because they are nitrogen fixers. I use them a lot to fill in holes of my crop rotation plan and help the soil at the same time.
Great Places to Find Cover Crop Seeds
High Mowing Seeds- www.highmowingseeds.com
Territorial Seed Company-www.territorialseed.com
Now what cover crop are you going to try first?
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