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Cutting the Cover Crop

July 19th, 2014

Yesterday, I finally got around to cutting down the cover crop in the potager. Now I need to figure out what I want to do in these spaces. I was thinking of growing fall crops, but I’m thinking I don’t have the time to manage more crops right now. I may add compost and another cover crop. I was quite amazed that this crop did so well. It was sown on only 2 inches of compost that I put down on top of a layer of cardboard. The cardboard is completely composted thanks to the roots breaking it up during the season.
Cover Crop 1
I love trying different cover crops, so I may finally get around to trying phacelia or another one I haven’t tried yet.  I will also lay down more cardboard beyond this and expend the garden by another few feet on all side.  Slowly but surely this garden is reaching a size that is more in scale with the garden overall.
Cover Crop 2
You don’t have to have a large garden or special equipment to use cover crops in your garden. I used pruning sherds to cut this down, I have also used a scythe in the past. As long as you cut it when it’s in bloom you typically don’t have trouble with plants coming back or anything becoming a problem.

Do you use cover crops in your garden? Do you have a favorite?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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