fall garden, sleepy but alive

The cover crop that I planted in most of the garden looks happy, even though it also serves as cafeteria for a small herd of deer. It’s a blend of Hairy Vetch, Field Peas, Winter Rye and Rye Grass, planted in late August.

The beauty of fall/winter cover crops is that they hold the soil together with their root structure through the snow and cold and wind. They pull micronutrients and minerals from deep in the soil up to the top, where the nutrition will be made available to next year’s vegetable crops when the plants are chopped and turned in.

fall cover crop of winter rye, hairy vetch, field peas, rye grass


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