*Planting cover crops can improve a new or overused vegetable garden by adding nitrogen and microbes to the soil.
*They can improve soil texture by breaking up compaction.
*They can suppress weeds and after cutting them down can provide natural mulch between rows of vegetables.
*They can attract pollinators if they have flowers (ie clover, vetch, buckwheat).
*Rye establishes itself quickly and is a good cover crop to plant in the fall and overwinter.
*Cut or mow the crop before it seeds.
*Buckwheat can be a good early spring cover crop to plant before vegetables and it benefits the soil.
Problems that cover crops can help with:
Some resources for cover crop seeds are: Johnny Seed Company, Seed Savers, and Mother Earth Nursery in Minneapolis. Also UW-Extension's bulletin "Cover Crops for Home Gardens".
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