All Things Gardening forum: what's your favorite green winter cover crop?

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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Feb 20, 2012 5:23 PM CST
What do you plant for a winter cover? Do you rotate your winter cover crops? Multiple types in a mix? Do you till in, mow, or winter kill?
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Feb 23, 2012 2:22 PM CST
Crimson clover here. Love it!
And in the late winter/early spring when it flowers it really brings in the pollinators. Although it is at its nutritional best to turn under before flowering I can't but help leave some areas to flowers, choosing to turn under particular areas on an as-needed basis during the early planting season.

Shoe


Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Feb 23, 2012 7:24 PM CST
How does it handle 15-20 degree farenhite?
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Feb 23, 2012 7:27 PM CST
When sown early enough (Sept) it'll establish and root system that will handle those temps. There have been years when it was sown later and didn't put its roots down deep enough and tended to suffer, yellowed out or died.

You're in pretty much the same zone as me, Phillip, so I imagine it would do you justice.

Shoe

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