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My wife and I are just starting to use permaculture on our flat 1 acre but we're starting with mostly grass and little shade. During the summers here in southeast Georgia (USDA 8A) we end up with a lull in the summer heat where black-eyed peas keep growing but most other things fade. I'm beginning to think when plants recommend "full sun" they aren't talking about Georgia/Florida summer sun... We don't get a lot of production in the summer without extra work and watering so we want to work with what we have.

I'm curious if anyone has any recipes or tips specifically for older, tougher BEP leaves that have done their duty as cover crops. In 2014 we threw out 5 lbs of BEP as ground cover and most of it died of old age or frost because we didn't know what to do with it (other than chop and drop).

Thanks,
Markus
 
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