I have only owned my land for a few years and I am planning on turning it into a bit of a food forest. My question is about winter/ fall cover crops. I am at the end of my gardening season and about to transition to fall cover crops (winter rye, daikon radish and oats). My plot is about a 1/4 acre and I want to (be lazy) interfere with nature as little as possible. Can I just spread in the aforementioned seed mixture and let nature take its course? Or, is is necessary from anyone's experience to hoe all the grasses (weeds), cowpeas, buckwheat, etc that is still alive on the land to ensure all my winter seeds germinate properly? I hope to just tear down all the existing vegetable plants and not have to weed a 1/4 acre.
Any perspectives/ life experiences would be greatly appreciated!
My thanks to you in advance,