Grow Cover Crops for the Best Garden Soil

If you want to grow lots of food, think of beneficial cover crops as essential in your garden.



Poultry Cover Crop Processors
Chickens, ducks and geese all make excellent cover crop processors.
PHOTO: BONNIE LONG
Field Peas Cover Crop
Field peas are a popular leguminous cover crop.
DAVID CAVAGNARO
Cowpea And Dutch Clover Cover Crops
Cover crops at work: Cowpeas (center bed) will add nitrogen to this garden’s soil and Dutch white clover (right bed) will make a great living mulch for interplanted food crops.
HARVEY USSERY
Bird’s-Foot Trefoil Cover Crop
Bird’s-foot trefoil is a flowering cover crop with striking, bright yellow blossoms.
PHOTO: BONNIE LONG
Common Vetch Cover Crop
Common vetch, a winter annual legume that flowers from April to July, performs well as a self-seeding cover crop.
DAVID CAVAGNARO
Cover Crops After Chickens
After chickens: A garden area that was full of mature cover crops just two weeks before, after chickens worked their magic.
HARVEY USSERY
Cover Crops Before Chickens
Before chickens: A large garden area with a lush mix of mature cover crops.
HARVEY USSERY
White Butterfly On Red Clover
Flowering cover crops such as red clover will attract butterflies.
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