A cover crop is a crop that covers the soil of your garden during the off-season. While your garden soil is lying dormant, cover crops can prevent your precious dirt from becoming unproductive. Cover crops take very little labor while adding organic material to your soil. We’ve gathered the most popular and non-fuss cover crops to keep your soil rich.
- Annual ryegrass. It can control weeds and help with erosion issues. Plant it in the late summer or fall, and then in the spring, trap the nutrients by cutting the rye grass and turning it into the soil.
- Buckwheat keeps the weeds away as well as having flowers that are very attractive to pollinators, and it’s edible.
- Crimson clover not only keeps weeds at bay but also fixes nitrogen issues in the soil, and it looks very beautiful.
- Fava beans help with boosting the nitrogen in the soil, as well as preventing soil erosion and preventing weeds.
- Hairy vetch helps boost nitrogen levels in the soil. Vetch also helps prevent erosion and has pretty purple flowers.
- Winter peas add lots of nitrogen to your soil, as well as preventing soil erosion and keeping weeds at bay.
- Winter rye is great at controlling erosion, suppressing weeds, and adding nutrients to your soil.
- Winter wheat helps improve your soil, reduce weeds, and prevent erosion.