• 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 skip experiences global resources 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
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Mike Haasl
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Dave Burton
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • Greg Martin
  • Steve Thorn
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Jay Angler
  • Kate Downham

Cover Crops or Mulch

 
Posts: 42
Location: Central Texas
6
trees cooking greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
What are the pros and cons of either? Presumably you can get access to either in large quantities and are planning to put fruit and nut trees on the site, blackberry bushes, and maybe let chickens/ducks/other birds in there.


Can you do both? How would you have both mulch and cover crops? Maybe mix mulch and manure and plant cover crops right in the mulch?

 
Posts: 254
Location: Northern New Mexico, Latitude:35 degrees N, Elevation:6000'
13
forest garden fungi books bee solar greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I do both.  I haven't started my food forest yet, but in my annual gardens I use mulch and then toss out cover crop seeds.  I like to lightly touch/rake the mulch so the seeds aren't sitting on top of it.  Then I chop and drop the cover crop with a rice knife as it interferes/competes with my garden plants.  I've also begun this with my swales, I'm just not putting a lot of effort into it yet until I get trees planted, and consistent water.
 
pollinator
Posts: 733
147
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
What I've seen often that seems to work well is a ring of mulch around each tree with cover crop in the alleys.  Other folks are big on the 'guild' idea with trees which involves a variety of plants right around each tree. I think the benefits of mulch are a cleaner floor that allows you to find and potentially collect fallen fruit/nuts as well as soil water retention. The benefits of cover crop are similar water retention, food source for livestock, and the diversity of soil life that comes with a diversity of roots in the soil.
 
my overalls have superpowers - they repel people who think fashion is important. Tiny ad:
Rocket Mass Heater Plans - now free for a while
https://permies.com/goodies/7/rmhplans
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic