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Winter Cover Crops

October 20, 2009

The winter cover crops have been ordered! Sometime this weekend we shall turn over the unused sections of our plot and sow winter rye and white clover.

Cereal rye is one of the most hardy crops out there, and ideal for sowing this late in the season.  It germinates and grows at 33F, and once established will survive temps as low as -30F! While I affectionately call upstate NY “Alaska” during the wintertime, it definitely never gets that low!

The cereal rye will add organic matter to the soil next spring and help fix the nitrogen over the winter for next season’s crop, which is desperately needed because of our soil situation.

White Dutch Clover is also a cover crop, and K has been looking for these seeds since this past spring, before finally relenting and ordering them online with the winter rye (we did look for these seeds at the co-op but couldn’t find them). It also helps fix nitrogen in gardens and gives honey bees some nectar to munch on! White clover even grows in clay, so it should love our garden and help it too!

Can’t wait to sow these and see some grasses rustling in the plot and white flowers next spring!

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  1. October 20, 2009 1:56 pm

    I had no idea winter crops even existed! They look so pretty too!

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