What cover crop for my garden - Knowledgebase Question

Question by TulipStella
August 29, 2017
I want to put a winter cover crop in my garden this fall but not sure what to use. I heard about using crimson clover or red clover. Would these work in Wisconsin weather? or is there a better cover crop to use in Wisconsin?

Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
A comment from Philipwonel
August 29, 2017
Clover would be good.
Vetch is good also.
Any kind of lugume will build up nitrogen. Plus add green matter when tilled under in spring.

Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Answer from greene
August 29, 2017


Oats and Barley are also good options.

Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
Answer from josebaca
September 2, 2017


TulipStella; hello from Pueblo West Co.
Cover crops are an all around bargain and can be used anytime. Depending on your needs and soil type or even insect infestation. I think the best place to look would be locally after asking other users. If you're just wanting to purchase something for biomass and nitrogen fixation, then IMO Territorial Seed is your best bet. They even have a ' polar cover crop'.
I have come to look for plants that will do most of my work for me. Cover crops have amended and fertilized my soil, and in a couple of weeks, they will be tilling it too.
Anywho, I hope this helps. Now if you will please excuse me, I'm going to shoot my computer.

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