Compost crops are easy to grow,

keep soil from washing away, prevent weeds & feed your soil. 

They add to both the fertility and the tilth (texture) of your soil. 

Grains are often used as cover crops because of their big, soil-holding root systems, their fast growth in cool weather, and the abundant carbon in their straw. Their roots sequester huge amounts of carbon in the soil and add greatly to its fertility. We have included appropriate grains among the cover crop listings.

There are compost crops to suit all soil conditions and all times of the year. 

For advice about overwintering, planting times, and adaptation to conditions in your local area, try talking with your neighbors, your state university ag department, or your state’s university cooperative extension service (county agent). To help choose, see our chart, p 40.

Areas shown are for broadcasting by the following method:, thoroughly mix the packet of seed with a 2 quarts of fine soil or sand. broadcast carefully , taking care to keep the amount even over the whole plot.

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