Planted primarily to manage soil quality.

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Ideas for a good green mulch for a shady area?

I'm trying to start cultivating a shady plot of dirt where nothing currently grows. The soil is quite compacted, and I think the first thing we need is a green mulch or cover crop that will do well in ...
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Are there any common allelopathic plants suitable as a pre-lawn winter cover crop?

Being March in the Southern hemisphere, winter is approaching. I have just had my very-weedy front yard levelled. Most of the weeds have been removed, but I don't want to sow grass until I've given ...
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Do rye or oats make a better winter cover for a poor soil vegetable garden?

One of my vegetable garden areas has low organic matter. I would like to help it with a grass winter cover. The two I am looking at are oats and rye, both of which grow all winter and get plowed under ...
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How much time does clover need to establish before winter?

I'm planting Mammoth Red Clover as a cover crop -- it will grow all next year in a couple of my garden beds, and I'll plow it under the following spring (~18 months from now). I'd like to get it ...
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How do I know when winter rye seed is ready to harvest?

I planted some winter rye last fall to hold a patch of soil over the winter. Planned to mow it, but spring came, summer came, and I still haven't cut it down. It's got beautiful fat seed heads on it ...
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Tilled under buckwheat, how long to wait before replanting?

I planted a small plot to buckwheat as a green manure / cover crop this spring. Today I chopped it down, put the cuttings in the compost, and tilled the stubble under. I'd like to make another ...