This article is part of a four-part series about cover cropping in vegetable gardens. Stay tuned for Part III next week.
- Part I: Introduction to Cover Cropping
- Part II: Types of Cover Crops — Non-Legumes, Legumes, and Mixtures (oh, my!)
- Part IV: Planting and Managing Cover Crops in Vegetable Gardens
As I outlined in Part I and II of this series, cover crops can serve many purposes in small-scale vegetable gardens, including soil quality improvement, nitrogen (N) fixation, weed suppression, and habitat for beneficial insects. To achieve maximum benefits from cover crops, it’s important to select appropriate species (or species mixtures) for each garden bed. In this article I’ll highlight promising annual cover crop species for different seasonal niches, management goals, and environmental conditions. Much of this information is based on preliminary results from two seasons of cover crop research in Brooklyn, NY community gardens.1
Read more in Part III: Cover Crops III – Selecting Cover Crops