|Cover crops workshop for gardeners is April 27|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 30 March 2013 06:53|
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District hopes to help gardeners realize the benefits of cover crops.
On April 27, the district will host Ann Brandt, of Walnut Creek Seeds, for a workshop on cover crops.
Topics will include soil fertility, benefits of cover crops along with instructions on planning and planting cover crop seed. Soil analysis kits and seed will be available as well.
The workshop will be held at the Wood SWCD office in the Courtyard of the Greenwood Center at 1616 East Wooster Street. The event is free and open to the public. Prereg-istration is suggested to insure organizers have an adequate supply of materials for all attendees.
Cover crops help to reduce erosion and compaction, and increase water permeation in the garden. They also hold minerals normally leached from your soil over the winter.
Densely planted cover crops will suppress perennial and winter annual weed growth. The top growth and roots add organic matter to the garden soil.
While some cover crops are planted at the end of the garden's growing season, there are also cover crops which when planted in the early spring will aid the garden through the summer.
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