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Can peanuts be used as green manure in tropical climates if the nuts are not removed?

Are peanut plants (Arachis hypogaea) suitable as green manure in tropical climates? I have two related concerns: The lack of winter frost in tropical climates means that peanuts could grow all year ...
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How should I 'close out' a garden bed before moving?

I am moving out of a rental in zone 6 of eastern USA where I built two small garden beds using thin cedar wood in an urban yard. The landlord is okay with the beds staying there or going with me, but ...
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Can mint kill off hopes of grass establishing in an area?

I have an ara in the garden that I want to spread a low growing cover crop like mint, or clover (microgreens). What mix should I consider growing in the area? Eventually fruit trees, bushes, and ...
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Raised Bed Cover Crops - Zone 6

I have 4 new raised beds I built this year. They were filled quite deep with what was supposed to be pretty good soil (turns out I was duped, just like you read often online!) - it's largely all ...
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Should I mulch after turning in a cover crop? In a raised bed

I planted a cover cropping mix (clover mix) and recently turned it into the soil so that it can decompose in 3-6 weeks. First I cut the green parts of the cover crop into the soil and then used a hoe ...
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Is using sprinkler system in orchard a wise choice?

My orchard has walnut, apricot and apple trees and I have alfalfa as cover crop. For now I am using surface irrigation. I am planing to change my system to drip irrigation or sprinkler irrigation. ...
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Need perennial cover crop/grass suggestion

We don't live in our native town through out the year and instead visit on some days of the year, but have some help from people who do live to water plants growing in our house there, occasionally. ...
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Cover crop - cutting rye before it flowers

I planted a fall cover crop last fall to loosen up our compacted yard in Sacramento, California. Currently, it's very tall, like 3 feet, and I'd like to mow it soon. But it contains winter and annual ...
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Crop rotation: by season instead of by year?

I have 3 raised beds in a small 30 m2 greenhouse, this is the first year I have it so I don't have much experience. I've been reading about crop rotation, and was wondering why you can't or shouldn't ...
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I've read that composting can reach up to 140 degrees - does this affect my plants?

I plan to do approximately a 1'x1' curved ditch between my garden rows filled with wood chips, and manure, will this make the plants get too warm, or will it keep the soil cooler like cover crops do??
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Do mice eat fava plants?

I sowed some fava beans in my raised bed and something is eating the leaves. I have a compost bin next to it that attracts mice so it may be mice eating them but I am not sure if mice eat leaves. If ...
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What do I do with cover crops before planting vegetables in a raised bed?

I have a raised bed that I use to plant vegetables. Over the winter, I have planted fava beans as cover crop to get some nitrogen in the soil. What should I do with the fava plants before I plant the ...
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Perennial cover crops in vineyard

I have a small vineyard and planning to grow cover crops between the rows. I have little experience with cover crops and first of all I'm not sure when to mow them, and if the cut crops should be ...
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What is my normal selection for a 4 season food cover crop?

I'm learning a lot about cover crops as soil conservation, and was wondering what would be the best choices for my garden, in a Minnesota, zone 4a climate? It should produce good amounts of mass to ...
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When doing no till gardening, is it a bad idea to leave grass to act as a cover crop?

In my sunchoke patch, I'm using grass as a cover crop for no till purposes. Is this a bad idea?
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Gardening calendar for vegetable beds

I have 3 raised beds in my backyard that I want to maximize use for. Does someone have an approximate calendar (does not have to be perfect) which outlines what activities (growing, harvesting and ...
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Ground cover - maximizing value

I planted some fava beans a few months back as cover crop in my vegetable raised bed. They grew very well and as suggested my members of this group, I cut the top part and left the roots inside to ...
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What is the quickest germinating leguminous cover crop?

I would like to find a good leguminous cover crop that sprouts quickly, and grows fast, especially the roots. What are the best ones for this purpose (and the pros/cons of those you mention)? Disease/...
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When does red clover (cover crop) go to seed?

This seems like a silly question, but I'm struggling to find an answer on google. When does red clover go to seed? I am planting it now, in combination with Italian Rye, as a cover crop. When do I ...
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Does it make sense to plant a cover crop in raised beds?

I'm wondering if it makes sense to plant a cover crop in my raised beds over winter. If so, what plant would you recommend for south-central Ohio. I have three 4'x8' double dug beds.
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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 ...
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