After fall cleanup, should I add compost or cover crops?
The days are getting shorter, summer annuals are on their last legs, and slugs, snails and bugs are busy seeking out over-wintering hiding places, signaling it’s time to get outside and start thinking about spring gardening! Generally, I start with a good clean up by picking up dropped branches, garden debris and overturned pots, and then I empty all the garden beds of their spent summer annuals and veggie plants. Usually, I like to dig in compost to all these empty beds, but gardening is always about learning, and this fall I am debating whether I should give cover crops a shot. What do you think?
What has given you and your garden the best long-term results? Compost or cover crops? Tilling? No till??
I would love to hear about your experiences!