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
You don’t have to use only one crop when cover cropping your garden. Here, nitrogen-fixing field peas have been interplanted with oats.
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.