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Grace Gierucki
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Location: Southern Michigan
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I'm a total newbie to cover crops and I had a moment of panic this morning.  If I plant an oat/field pea mixture as a chop and drop this spring is there any chance it will it get too robust in 7ish weeks to be mowed down with my regular mower? My only options for dropping it are a small mulching mower (my first choice) or our riding mower which involves me having to rake it all back in place.  I was planning to seed in around April 1st and would need to drop most of the beds around June 1st-15th to plant in veggie transplants.  I'm not totally sure 6-8 weeks is even long enough to help but I have seeds to use up and with this clay any organic matter is better than nothing.  Thanks from Southern Michigan Zone 6
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