This took a bit longer to get out than I’d hoped. But here it is: part 1 of 2 on the use of cover crops in small-scale farming and gardening. My guests are Dave Bradbeer, Agroecologist with the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust in Delta, British Columbia; and Alan Sundermeier, professor and extension educator with Ohio State University.
Anyone who has a bit of experience using cover crops on a small scale–ie., in smaller fields and gardens without the benefit of tractor-mounted seeders, or even in garden pathways–or has thought about using them should find this interesting. Alan and Dave are both frighteningly knowledgeable on the subject and in the interview they give a lot of good advice for species selection and management of cover crops.
In part 2, due out in a week or so, I speak with Alan, Dave, and a third guest, Helen Atthowe of veganicpermaculture.com about the specific idea of cover-cropping your garden pathways and then turning them into your garden beds after a year or two. Stay tuned.
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