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Old 07-23-2009, 06:28 PM   #1
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Anyone here a big gardener who uses a cover crop in winter? I was thinking of doing it this year maybe with a winter wheat. Although the farmers here let it go to seed and harvest the grain I probably won't be doing that since it is just a garden and vegetables like lettuce, spinach, radishes, peas all need an early start well before the wheat would be ready to harvest anyway, even if I could. I know for sure I don't want anything that is going to put out seed into the ground before I am ready to work the garden. Suggestions?

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Old 07-23-2009, 08:20 PM   #2
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Crimson clover is one of the best.

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I've used clover, buckwheat, winter rye and this year I'll be doing a 2 row winter barley ... Sweet sweet barley
We chose buckwheat because it produces a ****ton of nectar for our honey bees.

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I've used clover, buckwheat, winter rye and this year I'll be doing a 2 row winter barley ... Sweet sweet barley
But do you let it mature? How do you harvest it? Are you a farmer? If not and a gardner what do you grow after? If I waited that long I would miss out on a lot of gardening.
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( Buckwheat is between the shed & chicken coop )

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( Buckwheat is between the shed & chicken coop )
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frost will kill the buckwheat, if allowed to mature it will reseed pretty heavily in the spring but is not really a problem as it stays pretty small and doesn't spread like grass does.

We plant crimson clover and hairy vetch, sometimes a grain such as wheat or oats, about a month before hard freeze date (no later than Oct. 1 here in Arkansas, prob'ly early Sept. in Jersey)

If you don't have a good farm store there, try Peaceful Valley Farm Supply in CA and Stock Seeds in NE. Peaceful Valley has lots of info on their website about cover crops.

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Some cover crops you can grow to maturity and succession plant in the stubble, others you simply mow & Till it in when you want to plant the next crop.

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Maybe I will go with the clover then, since I am not going to let the wheat mature so there doesn't seem to be a reason.

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