|Beautiful Crimson Clover|
|Cover Crops in Community Garden|
We are really excited about cover crops at our site for all of the reasons I just mentioned. We utilize summer cover (millet, cow pea, buckwheat, sudex) and winter cover (rye, vetch, oats, winter pea, crimson clover). I think buckwheat can be an excellent cover crop for a small grower or home gardener. It is easily workable. You can mow it or simply pull it up and lay it in the bed once it has flowered. If it seeds at all it is pretty easy to deal with. For more info on cover crops, check out these links:
Managing Cover Crops Profitably
Utilizing Cover Crops in Vegetable Production Systems
Improve your Soil with Cover Crops
These are just a couple of nice photos from the garden. We have been eating lots of lettuce, beets, carrots, and herbs. Below is a photo of flowers from our medicine garden. I thought that Meadow Clary and perennial Alyssum looked so nice!