I am a first time gardener, and I did not realize I needed to plant a cover...

Asked October 11, 2014, 9:06 AM EDT

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.

Prince George's County Maryland cover crops vegetables

1 Response

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...
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