Today we hosted our last garden drop-in. To prepare for winter (yes I know it seems like winter is so far off with this crazy heat wave!), we planted cover crops in three of the beds.

What are cover crops?

Cover crops help replenish nutrients in the soil which were depleted during the spring and summer by the vegetables we planted. They also help with reducing erosion from wind, rain and snow during the winter. Cover cropping is a technique that I recently learned of and is becoming more wide spread in Ontario due to the benefits, particularly amongst farmers who practice sustainable agriculture practices!

The cover crops we planted are rye and radish with Kat Gibson (Lady Gaia).

We also planted some garlic in one of the beds. We can look forward to seeing those curly green garlic scapes arcing up in the spring and some yummy garlic next fall!

 

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