Cover crops planted in late summer are an inexpensive way to build better soil for gardening. Cover crops often are called green manure crops. They are grains, grasses, or legumes that will grow during fall and winter and that you can plow, spade, or till under in the spring.
Cover Crops for Home Gardens. Dr. Lois Berg Stack. University of Maine. What is a cover crop? A crop is grown on otherwise fallow land, to â€œcoverâ€ the soil.
All have their advantages and none should be discounted, but cover cropping is the method least likely to be practiced in home gardens. There is a reason for .
soil, improve its structure, enhance growth of subsequent crops, and reduce erosion by protecting the garden surface from wind and rain. They are planted .
This fact sheet is part of the WSU Extension Home Garden Series.. in Your Home Garden, covers the management of garden cover crops, including planning, .