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Name: Dennis Dohanos
San Antonio, Texas
Apr 24, 2017 8:01 AM CST
I have a small veggie garden, four raised beds, 4 by 20 feet. At the end of this summer season my wife And I will be doing some traveling and I won't be around to manage the garden effectively. I would like to leave the beds fallow for about 6- 9 months. What would be a good grass or plant to sow into the beds that I could till back into the soil and would provide welcome nutrients, minerals that would be beneficial for the next planting? Also, Would like to keep the beds from getting all weeded up.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 24, 2017 9:40 AM CST

Plant clover. Clover is a good nitrogen fixer - its pulls nitrogen from the air and stores it in the roots. Next spring, till it into your gardens.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Apr 25, 2017 11:48 AM CST
Vetch or any type of legume works the same also.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Apr 25, 2017 4:20 PM CST
While fabaceae are valuable nitrogen fixers, it's also possible to plant any number of winter crops that would add nutrients and organic material to the soil, helping it to retain moisture next year....

Most commonly planted is winter rye, and buckwheat, and even fava beans....
Of interest would be poppies, turnips and rutabagas... till under in spring, or eat...

8 or 9 months... that's like several growing seasons down where you are at... I'm not sure that you wouldn't be coming home to a lot of stuff already gone to seed.... and once you let vetch or winter rye set seed in the garden.... you can plan on not being able to use that patch of ground in the winter.... ever!

What is your rodent situation like?
I've planted clover over and over.... it never gets started... too many rodents eat clover....
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Apr 25, 2017 4:45 PM CST
We have a problem with bur clover here - very persistent! Will white clover grow there?

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