Love Apple Farms: Adding Fertility: Sow a Winter Cover Crop

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Maria, if your garden is in a mild climate with no frosts, I would give it a try. In mid winter, getting the seed to germinate in the cold ground is the biggest challenge.

Maria Sayare

Hi there - Just wondering is it too late to plant a legume cover crop in mid december?

Thanks much,

Gardeners Belfast


Just dropping in from Belfast to say Hello and I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving.

Excellent crisp clear photographs by the way. It's great to see you making inroads into the Gourmet Magazine too. Well done!


I normally do fava beans as a winter cover crop. I even let some of them go to pod so we can eat them.

Are there cover crop seed mixes which incorporate mustard?


I can highly recommend any legumes for their nitrogen fixing nodules. It really does work - I make sure I leave the roots and nodules in the soil over Winter.

Laura (in los gatos)

Wow, your hoop house is awesome.

I've had trouble with mustard escaping, because I tend to get lazy about turning it under (guilty expression). I like legumes for cover crops.

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