Between the cover crop plants in the beds, I've interspersed transplants of beets, chard, kale, bok choi, tomatoes, and chilies. And onion and garlic sets. All are doing pretty well, though as I keep harvesting the greens, the cover crops are perhaps shading some of them too much and affecting their growth. Might have to do some trimming soon.
John Elliott wrote:What, no mustard?
This time year, there can be entire hillsides covered in yellow mustard blossoms. I understand it was introduced by the Spanish padres in the 18th century and has pretty much naturalized in most of the state.
Xisca Nicolas wrote:That is sooo similar!
My main ones:
The links have photos, and you can see the latin name in the links.
this oone grows into trees if I do not control...
fumaria covers super good
Look like mustards:
Relinchon, that was used for soups and animals
also for soups, it has no radish root:
Marco Banks wrote:I live in Los Angeles county, so my experience should be relevant.
I sew a cover crop in October or November --- a cool season mix from Peaceful Valley: http://www.groworganic.com/soil-builder-mix-raw-lb.html
It grows like crazy all winter. Right now, the oats, peas and vetch and the rest are a jungle out there --- some of it is 5 feet tall. I'll crop and drop it a little bit at a time over the next month or two as I need space to plant the next wave of veggie and fruit seedlings that are ready to go into the ground. I'll gather seed from some of it for use next fall, but I like to buy a new batch of seed (10 lbs. or so) every year because I also want to buy the bacterial inoculant that you need in order for it to fix nitrogen. I end up using about 25 lbs of inoculated cover crop seed, sewing it throughout my orchard of 50 fruit trees. I simply broadcast it into the mulch and rake it in. It always germinates.
In the summer, sweet potatoes, summer squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and other vining crops tend to serve as a cover crop. Sweet potatoes take over the world if you're not attentive. I'm forever tossing a vine from this or that back into the scrum of stuff that wants to get off the reservation. You've got to be attentive, or vines will cover your smaller "stationary" veggies like salad crops and such. Even tomatoes go crazy in our climate (as you know)—I've currently got 20 or so volunteer tomatoes out there right now. My food forest floor is covered with some growing thing 90% of the year, capturing that solar energy and converting it to food or cover-crop mulch, and pumping root exudates into the soil to feed the web.
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