Clip of the Week: Cover Crops

October 1, 2009 at 11:47 PM 1 comment

It’s Friday, and that can only mean that it’s time for another clip from Gardening in America.  In this segment, Ed wraps up the week’s theme by discussing why, when, and how to plant a cover crop.  It’s a great visual example of how to properly spread your cover-crop-of-choice evenly throughout your garden or flower/vegetable bed.

To view the clip, you can either click here, or you can watch it directly in the the player below:

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Also, you can always access our complete library of Gardening in America clips via our link on the right side of the page (right under the “recommended sites” tab).

As always, we want to thank all those who have supported us in getting this blog off the ground.  We can’t wait to see where the future will take us, and we hope that you all join us in every step along that journey.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and we’ll see you on Monday.

Sincerely,

Ed Hume

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  • […] Actually, that’s not quite true!  The real time to begin preparing the soil is in the Fall.  One of the best things you can do is plant a Fall cover crop (that’s a crop that grows over the Winter).  Then in the Spring you turn it over as you prepare the soil for planting.  What’s go great about a cover crop?  It produces nitrogen nodules on the roots, so your are basically growing your own fertilizer.  Also, the green foliage above ground is what one calls “green manure,” so you are improving the soil organically and naturally in two ways.  The crop will naturally do this during the Fall and Winter at a time when the garden is usually somewhat dormant.  Four really good cover crops ideas are Crimson Clover, Austrian Peas, Winter Rye, and Hairy Vetch.  Plant one, two, or all of them together.  For more detail on planting your cover crop, you can check out this article and this video. […]

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