Cover crops serve a number of functions in the garden, so it’s important to know what you want to use them for in order to choose the most suitable types of cover crops for you. The following articles can help with that. Here you will find tips on growing different cover crops and when, as well as what each is best used for in the garden.
Wheatgrass is native to North America and graces the Southwest, Great Plains and mountainous regions of the western U.S. It has some erosion control benefits but using western wheatgrass for grazing is the primary purpose. Learn more about it here.
What is chickling vetch? Also known by various names such as grass pea, white vetch, blue sweet pea, Indian vetch or Indian pea, chickling vetch is a nutritious legume grown to feed livestock and humans in countries around the world. Learn more about the plant here.
You no doubt have heard about the four-leaf clover, but few gardeners are familiar with kura clover plants. Kura is a forage legume and if you are interested in growing kura as a groundcover or establishing kura clover for some other use, this article will help.
What are Austrian winter peas? Also known as field peas, Austrian winter peas have been grown around the world for centuries, primarily as a valuable source of nutrition for humans and livestock. Click this article for info on growing Austrian winter peas.
Berseem clover cover crops provide excellent nitrogen in soil. The plants are also quite attractive in bloom when used as an annual groundcover. Learn how to grow berseem clover and harness all its benefits in your garden by clicking the following article.
Growing white sweetclover is not difficult. This weedy legume grows readily in a lot of conditions, and while some may see it as a weed, others use it for its benefits. Find out what those are in the article that follows. Click here for more information.
Woollypod vetch plants are cool season annual legumes. This plant is usually grown as a woollypod vetch cover crop. For more information about woollypod vetch plants and tips on how to grow woollypod vetch, this article will help.
Soil building crops are nothing new. Cover crops and green manure are common in large and small gardens. Subterranean clover plants are legumes and, as such, have the capacity to fix nitrogen in soil. It is useful in many different cropping applications. Learn more here.
Very few nitrogen fixing cover crops are as breathtaking as crimson clover. With their bright crimson red, conical blooms and tall fleecy stems, one might think a field of crimson clover was planted purely for aesthetic appeal. Click here for more information.
Alsike clover is an extremely adaptable plant that grows along roadsides and in moist pastures and fields. If you?ve never considered growing hybridum alsike clover, perhaps you should. Click on the article that follows to learn more.
Cover crops are not just for farmers. Home gardeners can also use this winter cover to improve soil nutrients, prevent weeds, and stop erosion. Legumes and grains are popular cover crops, and triticale as a cover crop is great too. Learn more about it here.
Most legumes grown in the home garden, including beans and peas, are annual plants, which means they complete a life cycle in a single year. Perennial legumes, on the other hand, are those that live for more than two years. Learn more about these in this article.
Velvet beans are very long climbing vines that produce white or purple flowers and deep purple bean pods. They?re popular as medicine, cover crops, and occasionally as food. Learn more about planting and growing velvet beans in this article.
Agronomy is the science of soil management, land cultivation and crop production. People who practice agronomy are finding great benefits planting teff grass as cover crops. What is teff grass? Click here to find out how to grow teff grass cover crops.
Sudangrass is a fast growing cover crop that has a broad root system and can grow in many areas. This makes the plant excellent at rejuvenating areas that have been over-cropped and compacted or low in nutrients. Learn more about growing it in this article.
Cover crops are planted to minimize soil erosion, increase beneficial microbiological activity and generally improve soil tilth. Considering growing a cover crop? There are many to choose from but winter rye is a standout. Learn more in this article.
You?ve probably heard of canola oil but did you ever stop to think about where it comes from? In this article, we focus on canola as a cover crop. Planting canola cover crops for home gardeners can be quite beneficial. Learn more here.
A solution to surface erosion and other issues is to plant cover crops. There are many advantages to cover cropping but are there cons to cover crop planting? What are some disadvantages of cover crops? Find out in this article.
Cover crops can be tilled back into the soil to improve its nutrients or organic content. This is useful for fixing clay soil with cover crops. Click this article for more information about cover crop plants for clay soil.
Have you ever heard of sorghum plants? At one time, sorghum was an important crop and served as a sugar substitute for many people. What is sorghum and what other interesting sorghum grass information can we dig up? Find out here.
Ochardgrass is native to western and central Europe but was introduced to North America in the late 1700?s as pasture hay and forage. What is orchardgrass? Learn more about this plant in the article that follows.
Timothy grass is a cool season perennial grass with rapid growth. The benefits of Timothy grass are numerous. Use the information found in this article to see if this grass is well suited for growing in your landscape.
Nobody likes a weed and so many are difficult to defeat with plastic, straw and cardboard alone. Thankfully, there are cover crops! Find out how to use these powerful garden tools in this article. Click here for more info.
There are many options for providing the necessities your chickens need, but an environmentally friendly, sustainable, low impact method is by growing cover crops for chickens. So what are the best cover crops for chickens to eat? Click this article to learn more.
Living mulch provides numerous benefits to the garden and soil. What is living mulch? Any plant that is used to cover an area of soil and adds nutrients, enhances soil porosity, decreases weeds and prevents soil erosion, among other attributes. This article will help.
If you?re looking for a cover crop for difficult soil, birdsfoot trefoil plant may be just what you need. This article discusses the pros and cons of using birdsfoot trefoil as a cover crop, as well as basic growing techniques. Click here to learn more.
Buckwheat uses extend to those in gardens where buckwheat can be used as a cover crop. How then, to grow buckwheat in the home garden? Read this article to learn more about the growth and care of buckwheat plants.
Growing hairy vetch in gardens provides a number of benefits to home gardeners; vetch and other cover crops prevent runoff and erosion, and add organic matter and important nutrients to the soil. Click here for more info.
Many gardeners add compost, manure and other organic materials to enrich the soil, but another method is by planting veggie garden cover crops. So what is it and why is cover cropping for increased vegetable production a good idea? Click here to find out.
Rotating cover crops has been recognized as an important part of gardening. Why rotate cover crops? It promotes better soil texture and drainage, nutrient content and reduces pest and disease issues. Click this article for more information.
Cover crops serve a number of functions in the garden. They add organic matter, improve the soil?s texture and structure, improve the fertility, help prevent erosion and attract pollinating insects. Find out about cover crop planting times in this article.
The name may be misleading, but green manure has absolutely nothing to do with poop. However, when used in the garden, cover crops and green manure provides a number of benefits to the growing environment. Learn more in this article.
Prairie clover plants in gardens helps add nitrogen back into the soil. Growing purple prairie clover as a green manure or cover crop helps enrich soil. Read this article for more information on how to grow it.
For those looking for a good cover crop or livestock forage, Bromus prairie grass may be just what you need. Learn more about what is prairie grass used for and how to plant rescue grass seed in this article.
Planting annual ryegrass as a cover crop allows the dense roots to catch excess nitrogen and help break up hard soils. How and when to plant annual ryegrass is important, and this article can help with that.
Winter wheat is a member of the Paceae family and is usually planted in the Great Plains region as a cash grain but is also an excellent green manure cover crop. Learn how to grow winter wheat in gardens here.