Monday, October 24, 2016
Cover Cropped- Keep Your Soil Active this Winter
At Natureworks, we have a mission to provide cover crops for every Connecticut home gardener. Why? Many customers come in early Spring and find that their formerly lovely beds are filled with weeds, or they look like they’ve been eroded by the harsh winter winds. Maybe they grew tons of vegetables in their beds and never gave them a boost afterward.
Cover crops solve all these problems and more, they’re especially useful for someone who is looking to remediate their soil completely.
Compaction and clay? Break it up with cover crops.
Low fertility rates and a complete lack of nutrients? Nurture the soil with cover crops.
Can’t get ahead of the weeds before prepping a bed? Suppress them with cover crops
Want to try a living mulch?
For an extremely low investment that covers a ton of area, cover crops are the solution to many problems in the garden. Sow them in the Fall after clearing beds, let them fill your garden with green color (and often a delicate flower) and chop them back before they go to seed. This will become what is called “green manure” on your soil. Cover crops will be your first healthy dose of mulch, and your beds will be weed free, not as compacted and full of good nutrients to get your beds off to a healthy start.
See this in-depth view of different kinds of multi-use cover crops written by our longtime friend, Bill Duesing. Available for sale at Natureworks- your next best soil therapy