Experience With Cover Crops?
I am a four year gardener but this will only be my second year planting cover crops. So a couple of questions...
- Should we mix up our cover crops and plant different varieties each year? I purchased the same variety for both years only because I like its winter kill characteristic (Winter Peas and Oats mix). Since it grows well in the cool temps of Fall it fills in well. But as soon as colder temps show up, it dies back, I cut it down and then leave it as ground cover for the Winter. As soon as the soil can be worked, usually still during the Winter I can start to work it as long as we did not have too much snow and ice, I fork it under and let the warming temps of Spring help it to decompose for a few weeks. This way I can still get my cool season crops in the ground before Spring is over.
So am I doing this right or should I change up my program? Anyone know?