Best Late Summer And Early Fall Cover Crops

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As the growing season winds down, it’s a great time to protect and recondition soil. Planting certain types of cover crops can provide extra nutrients, improve tilth, and prevent erosion due to inclement weather. Late summer cover crops are easy to start and can help fix nitrogen in soil and reduce compaction. In some cases, their late blooms will also provide nectar for pollinating insects.  The end of the harvest season signals the beginning of soil protection. As our harvests are finishing, the vegetable garden should be tidied and rejuvenated for the following season. Summer cover crops started in August take advantage of the warm weather for quick germination and establishment. Legumes and grains are the top choices for cover crops, with each having distinct benefits.  Grains vs Legumes Some cover crops are best sown in spring, such as Dutch clover. It is used to cover and improve soil prior […]

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