Cover Crop

Cover crops, or green manure, are an attractive and effective way to improve soil. Choose one species or a blend to sow in a bare spot in your yard or in your veggie garden over the winter. Cover crop seed can even be sown now in the Northwest for a quick boost before planting heat-loving veggie starts like tomatoes and melon in late May. Cover crops protect soil from erosion, prevent weeds, loosen clay soil with their roots, then add nutrients when you mow them down. They can be mixed right into the soil or added to the compost bin. Cover crops in the bean and pea family take nitrogen from the air and ‘fix’ it in the soil with the help of beneficial bacteria – this makes it available for other plants. It’s natural fertilizer!

Photos:
Crimson clover, ready to mow [now]
Crimson clover in bloom, mid-May
Garden way mix, lush [now]
Fava in bloom, mid-May
More fava here.


About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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