Grow Your Own Green Manure Cover Crop

Need to save time and money in your garden? You can fertilize, mulch and prevent weeds and add organic matter all in one easy step. Just grow your own green manure cover crop.

Kris Wetherbee shovel-tills a garden bed before sowing the season's cover crops.
Snow peas as a cover crop
Snow peas are cold-hardy and edible.
These buckwheat sprouts grow last and, like other grains, they can add rich organic matter to the soil.
Green and purple kale make a hearty cover crop
An array of cover crop seed, including clover, fava bean, field pea, winter wheat and hairy vetch. Legumes, grasses and grains grown together work to hold nitrogen in the soil.
Alfalfa's aggressive roots can be hard to handle

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