Tuesday, May 21, Meaghan and Marissa spent a few hours pulling cover crops before it started raining. It wasn’t hard to pull, but there was a lot of it! Our cover crops this year were Field Peas and Oats.
Why plant a cover crop if you’re just going to have to pull it up? Well, cover crops have number of benefits. Perhaps the number one reason to plant a cover crop is to reduce the erosion that occurs when you leave your garden bare over the winter. Another reason is to suppress weeds. Cover crops can also add nitrogen or take up excess nitrogen depending on what you plant. In some instances, you may even attract beneficial insects with your cover crop. They’re a great thing to do after you’re done harvesting crops for the season.