April showers! …bring tulips!
The Fall Rye is ready to be tilled under. Ask any of our junior gardeners who did the tilling: What’s it good for?
-Erosion control during the rainy winter (survives through the winter).
-Is Allelopathic: prohibits other seeds/weeds from germiniating (including our spring crops…we should wait a couple of weeks of decomposition).
-Improves soil texture: the roots couteract compaction (improve drainage) and loosen the soil structure.
-‘Green Manure’, just like adding grass clippings to your compost pile, it adds nutrients to the soil. (Less smelly than traditional ‘manures’!)
-Feeds the beneficial microorganisms, which in turn help soil fertility, replacing nutrients consumed from the last crop.
-Cut rye can also be used like straw as a mulch..
The sage bush in the front bed looks rather scruffy. The Master gardener’s advice is to leave the pruning until spring time, rather than in the fall, to prevent die-back.
As well the foliage will provide winter interest.