[Market-farming] path cover/green manure

JOHN A HENDRICKSON jhendric at wisc.edu
Mon Feb 28 19:50:09 EST 2005


Paul,

Soil moisture will be perhaps the more critical factor in establishing a
good stand of white clover (as opposed to frosty nights) for a living
mulch.  From a subsequent email, you've indicated you had plenty of
snowfall this winter so that should work in your favor.  Clover
germinates best when planted shallow (1/4 to 1/2 inch in medium/heavier
soils; a bit deeper in sand).  A firm seed bed helps.  But white clover
grows quite slowly at first so it may take quite a while to establish
the living mulch you desire.  In the future you might try establishing
the living mulch the previous fall and then tilling strips to transplant
into.

I recommend the book Managing Cover Crops Profitably.  It is loaded with
information and ideas.  See: http://www.sare.org/publications/

-John




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