Clean-up after cover cropping is quite simple. In spring, just rake off and compost the carpet of dead oats so the soil beneath can warm up.
You don’t have to use only one crop when cover cropping your garden. Here, nitrogen-fixing field peas have been interplanted with oats.
Oats, barley and field peas make great fall and winter cover cropping options in temperate climates, while buckwheat (pictured) is a beautiful summer cover crop for southernmost regions.
PHOTO: SHELLEY DENNIS