Awhile back I mentioned a new found love for cover crops. I'm so thrilled to be able to get the chance to experiment and learn more about green manuring/cover cropping. One of the things I love about gardening (ooh, there really are SO many things) is that there is always so much more to learn. It's delightful really.
In early September I planted fall rye on one of the sections of next year's garden. I was tickled to watch it sprout and grow so lush and green so quickly. Really, it just looks beautiful and I love the thought that the sections where it will remain until springtime will be so nicely tucked in for wintertime - keeping the soil intact through winds and rains, all the while adding goodness to the soil.
The other day I tilled in one section of it in order to prepare garlic beds. As I tilled I couldn't help enjoying how gorgeous the soil looks already - crumbly, light, dark chocolate brown.
I'd already planted more sections in rye and look forward to trying out some other cover crops as well. I love this practice of growing our own fertility right in the garden. Next year I plan to do some undersowing of low growing cover crops in some areas too - to add organic matter to the soil as well as to prevent weed growth. And next...my first time planting large quantities of garlic. Hopefully I'll be able to convince a few family members to help - after all, many hands make light work (ahem!).