What cover crop should I grow in my backyard kitchen gardens?

How do I grow it?
when is it finished?
my garden just didn't have much success and I think the soil isn't healthy?
q what cover crop should i grow in my backyard kitchen gardens
  14 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 19, 2017
    What did you plant,how did you plant,what did you put in the soil,what is your location

  • Ann Cherkas Halstead Ann Cherkas Halstead on Sep 19, 2017
    For a season (3months) I would condition your soil. Add vegetable scraps, egg shells and anything organic. Turn the scraps into the soil each week. Once a month add a bag of good garden soul and a bad of manure. Turn that as well. Make sure there is good drainage and water the garden regularly. I do this every year and have amazing luck.

  • Kdblaisdell Kdblaisdell on Sep 19, 2017
    White clover is great for nitrogen. Before planting season, you till it in. You'd probably have the most luck if you did a soil test to see what nutrients the soil needs. Your local conservation district should do them. You can also pick one up online or at your local Walmart ( during the spring).

  • Cindy Darsey Chadwell Cindy Darsey Chadwell on Sep 19, 2017
    maybe go to a local nursery and have them recommen something suitable to your area.

    You can can also test your soil at home to find out if it's acidic or not and what the soil needs to be healthy based on that info.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Sep 19, 2017
    It looks like you are trying to use wood mulch on a vegetable garden. Not possible as you need to work your soil up. You ant to do what you can to attract earthworms, they will do the work for you. Collect all your raw vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds in a 5 gallon bucket. (you can get for low cost or free from delis etc. ) add this mixture up to 6 weeks prior to planting. It really smells bad, but attracts the worms, and really ads to the soil. Add a bag or 2 of cow manure. Add a bag or tow of good garden soil. A pitch fork makes the turning process easier. Turn it al lover well prior to planting anything. Love the brick work. Good luck.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Sep 19, 2017
    Not everyone has a growing season long enough to grow cover crops unless you skip a year. Perhaps you should remove some soil and replace it with garden or potting soil, manure and peat moss. What I do is premix it in a tub and put it in so that I don't have to worry about getting it mixed well in the garden. It takes a little more time, but you know it will be spread evenly and not too much manure, etc. in one spot. I usually try to put the same amount of everything in the tub so everything will be equal throughout the garden. You should renew some of the soil each year to keep it healthy.

  • Kim Kim on Sep 19, 2017
    That really depends on where you are. I would contact your local Agricultural Extension office (if you are in USA) and get some local advice.

    : )

  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Sep 19, 2017
    Alfalfa, soy beans. Rototill under in the spring. Also, make or buy compost and add it every spring..

  • Claude Claude on Sep 19, 2017
    Ann is talking about making a honey pot! There is a book on lasagna gardening written by two women that is great. Google 'lasagna gardening. ' If you plan to try this...which is great...cut up your veg kitchen scraps small..or throw in a blender. You must do this fall to have it ready for spring. Ck out the book..it's simple and well done.

  • Lois Vrns Lois Vrns on Sep 19, 2017
    Have you tried replacing some of the soil with possibly MiracleGrow potting soil or any homemade mulch?

  • Mol29402789 Mol29402789 on Sep 20, 2017
    Tomatoes and squash, Peppers, basil, strawberries, chives.
    i live in Southern California, a few miles inland from the Pacific ocean.

  • Rebecca Boney Huss Rebecca Boney Huss on Sep 21, 2017
    Love that planter!

  • Babette Babette on Sep 21, 2017
    Remove some of the dirt and add in some new garden soil. Use a fork or shovel and mix it in. Add some plant food for veggies unless the new soil has it added in already. Then put in your plants, maybe herbs.

  • Bertha Mclaughlin Bertha Mclaughlin on Sep 23, 2017
    Call your county agricultural dept . They can send you a soil sampling kit just put samples of your soil send it in , when results are back they will send you recommendations to improve your soil. Instead of guessing you will have info to spend your money wisely toward what you really need. They also give you excelKant information on growing, harvesting canning your veggies and how to keep rotation growing year round to have the best garden possible. Happy Gardening!!!!