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Winter Rye Cover Crop Test Trial for No Till Organic gardening 101. Part 2

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This is the Winter Rye Cover Crop Test Trial Part 2 for No Till Organic gardening 101. Just a update on the 4 Test spots areas 12 days later.


Christy Andersen says:

If you are growing and keeping cover crops all year round, do you then not need a non-living cover, such as wood chips or leaf mulch? Also, I live in northern Minnesota (3b) – are there cover crops that will stay green/alive through our cold winters? Thanks so much for all your videos. You are a wonderful teacher. I've learned a ton.

Daniel Boulton says:

G'day Mark a question, do you say mow the whole bed really short then plant out or do you mow say a strip down the middle plant out and let the cover crop on the sides continue to grow?

Gene Auger says:

I'm confused you have clay I have sand and most of your blogs deal with clay. I am wondering, I have been adding wood chips for 3 years now and now have 12-14 inches, wondering must I remove in order to plant winter rye and other nitrogen fixers or can it be planted an inch or two down?

lane laney says:

Like all your videos this one was informational. I'm trying an experiment in a 12'X5' raised bed by weedeating my winter rye down and planting Jeruselum artichokes and Yacon in this bed. This will keep living roots in the soil and hopefully won't interfere with the artichokes or yacon.

Little Bean's Garden says:

Those were interesting results. Thank you for explaining anaerobic, I always heard it but did not know what that was ?

Rob X says:

Thanks for the update Mark. Very interesting & useful results. I'll be switching from plastic to weed wacking. I was most concerned with terminating my covers when I direct sow. Abandoning the plastic should also help with slugs.

With my transplants next month (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants), I was just going to plug-in my plants and let the crops and covers grow together without terminating covers at all. Would you agree??? Or should I terminate before the covers flower and go to seed?? I'm using a mix of winter rye, winter peas, hairy vetch, and crimson clover. Thanks buddy!

wallamangaveer says:

maybe you could just mow thing to low on purpose lol

Frank M says:

Interesting as always.

Donald Damron says:

Hey, Mark another great video, thanks Don

Caleb Cologna says:

How do root crops like beets, radishes, parsnips etc do growing with this method?

kitsurubami says:

Thank you Mark. Always appreciate your videos.

KaleidoscopeJunkie says:

Did I miss the part where (if) you said how many of the 12 days were sunny? And what were the temperatures?
I've had best success when the sun heats the black plastic to the point of baking the vegetation underneath. Sun on naked soil also aided Me by parching the top layer of soil.

northernpike56 says:

Hi Mark…Are you continuing this experiment or did you terminate? Thanks Norm

tsx3214 says:

Thanks Mark

TheEmptynester planting Seeds of Hope says:

I find that interesting, that the plastic did not kill the grass. It may be a difference in temperatures there. Here smothering would have kill the grass. And as long as a pile of grass is on top of the soil, no regrowth. I have to count this year. But I think it is 1 or 2 times a month I add more grass clipping around the tomatoes. There are other factors like rain or lack of. With high heat an lack of rain last summer. I did not add many clipping.
Thanks for sharing your results.

dany richard says:

Been watching all this series and I still have a hard time wrapping my head around planting among the roots and low cover crop.
How would you plant something like carrots from seed in something like this???

Richard Sydenham says:

So if you weed wack it and cover it with leaves or compost its dead but still have all the benifits of the roots and fungi oh I do not use plasitic very anty to plastick and am very suprized that you are aloud to use it as bio farmer
I love all these experements that you do one doesn't nomaly have the time but I will do some my self this year with my Brasika plants as I said in preveus comments I always find fungi (musilium ) growing around the roots from the brasika family
but don't realy have the meens to find out what it is and if benefishal
but keep up the good work and the very interesting vids

Richard Boyd says:

Thank you these videos are great!!!

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