Win a copy of For the Love of Paw Paws this week in the Fruit Trees forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Suggestions of cover crop to plant inside the swale? Do they need any? (i'm newbie)

 
Posts: 13
Location: Southern IL zone 6B
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'm planning on digging a swale for my garden. I havent been able to find any suggestions of plants to plant within the swale. Do you even plant cover crops within the swale? They would have to tolerate being submerged in water on occasion. I don't want to dig a swale just to have it be filled with grasses, that will then drop seed all over my raised beds. and i won't be able to mow a swale down too easy. THanks for any help in advance. Grateful!! blessings.
 
pollinator
Posts: 2409
Location: Massachusetts, Zone:6/7, AHS:4, Rainfall:48in even Soil:SandyLoam pH6 Flat
151
forest garden solar
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Beans/peas esp fava beans. Anytype of vines that will cover/shade out any grass that try to grow in the swale. You could plant the vine 1/4 up the garden and then let it run down into the swale.
 
michael crow
Posts: 13
Location: Southern IL zone 6B
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thanks a lot!!
 
Create symphonies in seed and soil. For this tiny ad:
Switching from electric heat to a rocket mass heater reduces your carbon footprint as much as parking 7 cars
http://woodheat.net
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!