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Cover Crops: Add Some Oomph to Your Soil

| 11/15/2011 9:09:57 AM

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Cover crops are grown between planting seasons as a way to give back to the soil what cultivation takes from it. And cover crops aren’t just for large-scale growers—they can help you get the most out of your backyard vegetable garden too!

So why try a cover crop? There are several benefits to adding a cover crop to your planting schedule, and you can tailor your cover crop plan to your specific soil, water, and climate conditions. 

Earthworm, “Broadcasting Buckwheat Cover Crop” August 24, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons License. 

Add Organic Matter 

Adding organic matter to the soil prevents it from crusting over, keeping it loose and receptive to water infiltration and aeration.  The addition of organic matter can also attracts soil microbes and earthworms that contribute to soil nutrition and improve the soil structure.

sheri mcneil
12/21/2011 5:45:24 PM

I'm really excited about planting cereal rye next fall for my hens....only wish I had known about it this past fall - live and learn!!

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