2019 Fall Cover Crop Sale
How It Works
All orders must be prepaid by October 1st, 2019 to guarantee selection! Complete your order online below or mail in a check with our newsletter order form.
Pick up your cover crops between 8 AM and 4:30 PM on October 15th at the Lucas SWCD office.
Cover crops are new to many backyard gardeners. We can help!! To get started, please read "Why Cover Crops?" at the bottom of this page, and contact the Lucas SWCD at (419) 893-1966 with any questions.
NOTE: Lucas SWCD charges no sales tax, but all online orders have a fee ($.30 +3% of total price) assessed at checkout to cover our web costs. Want to skip the fee? Download the sale brochure here and mail or drop off a copy with cash or check!
Why Cover Crops?
Cover crops are beneficial for both large-scale farmers and home gardeners alike! Cover crops help reduce erosion and compaction, and increase water permeation in soil. They also hold on to minerals normally leached from your soil over winter. Densely planted cover crops will also suppress annual weed growth, and add organic matter to the soil. The cover crop’s root system also opens passageways that help improve air and water movement, and supports microbial life. This microbial life works synergistically with the roots, bacteria and fungi to improve soil health.
At the end of the garden season you may be ready to rest, but your soil is not! All gardens benefit from the use of cover crops, or “green manures” planted at the end of the season. Tilling, weeding, harvesting and foot traffic tends to destroy soil structure. Planting cover crops is an easy way to revitalize the soil. Cover crops are planted in vacant space and can be worked into the soil. Traditionally, cover crops are plowed under, crushed, cut, or pulled and used for mulch or compost. Cutting dense residue may help to avoid the potential negative reactions between rotting residues and new plantings and composting cuttings may produce a more balanced soil amendment compared to chopping raw-crop residue directly into the soil.