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Author Topic: fall/winter cover crops for raised beds
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  Garden Under Pines
  Holbrook
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fall/winter cover crops for raised beds    (Posted Mon, Jul 28 '14 at 10:01 UTC)

I live in southeastern massachusetts (coastal area)I and have 10 raised beds that are approximately 8ft x 4ft-all are raised and I am always amending the beds with compost- fall and spring and plants and beds get two-three applications of compost tea during the summer months. My question is: I want to add a cover crop to the beds this fall to amend the soil-Does anyone have suggestions as to what I should use as a cover crop? I will want to use the beds next spring and need something that I can easily turn into the soil by hand? Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.
Susan

Susan
 idigbeets
 Laurel Highlands PA
Re: fall/winter cover crops for raised beds    (Posted Tue, Jul 29 '14 at 10:53 UTC)

I'd go with a winter rye. You can sow it pretty much anytime towards the end of your summer. It will survive the cold, and grow on days it is above freezing. In the spring, mow it down, and till it in... or just go over it enough and till it in.

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