School Gardens: Winter Cover Crops

School Gardens: Winter Cover Crops


I’m Naim Edwards with Michigan State
University Extension and I am the Director of the Detroit Partnership for
Food, Learning and Innovation. Today we’ll be talking about soil health management
for school gardens. This is a mix of six different cover crops. Cover crops are
plants that you plant to improve soil quality. This mix consists of forage
radish, crimson clover, triticale, oats, barley and winter pea. And this is
essentially a cover crop mix that will do well in the cold season. So we
finished production for the year. These plants will grow from October into the
spring when we’re ready to plant our vegetables. We can either till these, put a
tarp over them or mow them and they will die and then we’ll be able to plant
right into the space where they were and the soil will be better than it was had
we not planted anything at all. *music*

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