Spring arrives so quickly here in the Southeastern United States. I goes from winter to summer so quickly that it's hardly worth planting a spring garden at all. Springtime is the most stressful in the garden becasue you've been waiting all winter long. When the time comes, your well laid plans meet reality, and, well, you discover that perception and reality are often on different paths.


Here is a stand of rye and vetch that I planted last October. i.e., like "The Catcher in the Rye." Today it's 55 and 3/4 inches tall; that's almost five feet tall. It's tasseled out and beginning to pollinate. The vetch is beginning to flower out into purple flowers now.


It's time to break out the scythe and mow it down. Cover crops are used to protect, condition and even fertilize the soil after a main crop has been harvested. The worst thing you could ever do is to leave soil open to the wind and rain. It'll just wash away! Rye and vetch will till, condition and fertilize your garden all winter long.


After mowing during the flowering stage, it will remain on the ground to serve as a mulch. Through which I'll plant corn, beans and squash, my staple crops.


Grow'em big!


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