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5 Cover Crops for Your Small-scale Garden Think cover crops are just for mega-farms? These five crops will return nutrients to your backyard garden’s soil and keep weeds at bay.

Winter Cover Crops for Your Vegetable Garden

Growing radishes as a cover crop. It loosens the soil and improves fertility. And they taste good, too!

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Now is the Time to Get Those Cover Crops Planted

Cover crops are different than your typical garden seeds, because you are not growing them to eat. You grow them simply to improve the soil during the late fall and winter months.

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Storing Root Crops for Winter

Storing Root Crops for Winter. Storing your root crops during the cold months ahead will enable you to enjoy them all winter long. I know I wouldn’t want to see my hard work frozen or left to rot over the winter when I could be making lovely stews, casseroles, and other tasty goods for my family instead. There are multiple ways you can store root crops for winter and make them Read more:

Winter Rye: A Reliable Cover Crop - "Cereal rye is an excellent winter cover crop because it rapidly produces a ground cover that holds soil in place against the forces of wind and water. Rye’s deep roots help prevent compaction in annually tilled fields, and because its roots are quite extensive, rye also has a positive effect on soil tilth." As an experiment, I just sprinkled this on my gardens, should have researched it more but late

Comfrey is a powerhouse in the garden--attracting pollinators and beneficial insects, providing medicinal value, and enriching soil with nutrients. Here are seven ways comfrey can fertilize the soil for healthier and more abundant crops.:

Use Cover Crops to Improve Soil - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS - Cover crops solar-charge your soil and improve soil nutrients. Here is what you need to know about cover crop planting methods and reliable cover crop options for your region.

Rotation of the Earth Each year, the vegetables are planted in different beds to lessen disease problems and interrupt the life cycle of pests that are attracted to a particular plant. Crop rotation also allows the soil to replenish after hosting heavy feeders, and alternating deep-rooted and fibrous-rooted crops from year to year improves soil structure. Marigolds are interspersed amid the vegetables because they are believed to repel insects, and calendula is planted for its edible…

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Clean Up Your Fall Garden and Give it a Boost for Next Year

How to Prep your Garden for Winter (and give your soil a natural fertilizer boost in the process!)

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Cover Crop Basics

Cover crops

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Cover Crops Basics – What Are They – And How And Why To Use Them For A Great Garden!

What You Need to Know About Cover Crops!


Cantitoe Corners: Martha's Vegetable Garden

Place hay under pumpkins, squash to keep them from rotting as they touch soil and to protect from soil dwelling insects.

Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. I use baking soda in a 6" wide area around all of the edges of my flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into my beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. I usually have to do this twice a year - spring and fall. - Click image to find more Home Decor Pinterest pins

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Cover Crops in the Garden

How to Use Cover Crops in the Garden