Gardening Event Summary
Barbara Camm went to last week's Gardening Event on Cover Crops at Grundy County Extension and has the following summary and resources to pass along:
March 8 - Cover Crop Options for Vegetable Gardens with Mike Hubbs, TACD Soil Health Specialist
Mike was an NRCS Agronomist with Soil Quality Institute 1996 - 2004. He also received Masters from Auburn University in Agronomy and Soils with emphasis on Soil Health. Mike was on the original Soil Health Team that developed the soil health initiative within the agency. He was also the Director of Ecological Sciences Division and Financial Assistance Division, so he has a thorough understanding of technical and financial assistance. Mike retired from NRCS in 2013 after nearly 36 years.
Mike presented a no-till system. The idea is to never leave the soil bare. Based on your soil test, you select a variety of cover crops that will add the needed nutrients to your soil. Here is a chart to help you.
Plant the cover crops and get them established before you harvest your crop as explained in this video.
In the spring you do not mow the cover crop. Rather, you roll it down flat on the ground and plant your seedlings in the green mat left by the cover crop as seen here.