<![CDATA[Burpee Community - ]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/566/cover-crops en-US Burpee //d1l316k04n1hna.cloudfront.net/static/images/burpee-favicon.png 16 16 Burpee http://www.burpee.com/community/ <![CDATA[Re: cover crops]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/566/cover-crops?commentid=1840 You asked this back in February and I don't see any comments.  A comment I would make is; cover crops are best used to build your soil.  The cover crops I am aware of are - red clover (what I use) vetch, oats, and legumes.  I use red clover to build my soil in downtimes when nothing else is growing in the garden.  I plant it in late fall and mow under in spring.  I've never heard of anyone growing a cover crop at the same time.  Although they will add nutrients (legumes-nitrogen and oats-carbon) they need to take nutrients from the soil just as other vegetables do.  The real benefit of a cover crop comes when you plow them under and they decompose.  The most important thing to remember is to cut them off BEFORE they go to seed or your garden will be full of cover crop seeds.  Since red clover is a cool weather crop and is an annual - I find it the easiest to manage.  Tall grasses will be harder to dig under.

http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/566/cover-crops?commentid=1840 April 22, 2013