Posted August 2008
CIAS staff member John Hendrickson was at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station Urban Horticulture Field Day on Saturday, August 16th. He encouraged home gardeners to use cover crops to build soil organic matter, add nutrients, and improve soil tilth. A small plot of sample cover crops was available for gardeners to see crops such as buckwheat, soybeans, annual rye, and clover. John encourages urban gardeners to focus on cover crops that are easy to establish, manage, and incorporate as opposed to more heavy duty cover crops such as winter rye and vetch that are better suited to farms.