I am a first time gardener, and I did not realize I needed to plant a cover...
I am a first time gardener, and I did not realize I needed to plant a cover crop. Is it too late to plant a cover crop and/or are there other options for treating the soil over winter? Thank you in advance for your assistance.
It is recommended to plant cover crops by October 10th. However, if you plant very soon the seeds may have enough time to put out some growth before a frost.
Otherwise, consider covering the soil with shredded leaves. Do not leave the soil bare over the winter as it will be prone to erosion.
See our publication on cover crops http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/GE006_ProtectAndImpr...