I planted cover crop last fall for the first time in my 40' x 40' garden. (no beds) A mix of vetch and cereal rye. The rye is very tall and thick. How do I now prepare to plant my spring crops? Do I mow the rye now and let the vetch keep growing or mow both after the vetch blooms? I like to plant my tomatoes in late February or early March and cloche them with milk jugs. I am thinking of cutting out a 15" diameter circle and plant the tomato plant within the circle and then mow the surrounding later? Also, I planted the cover crop to help build up beneficial spiders and insects. But I just noticed that a lot of the rye is covered with aphids and I already found a *%#* cucumber beetle. Should I spray the cover crop with BT soap, orange oil, Garrett juice for the bugs or wait for more beneficials to show up?
You turn it under so that it begins to compost in your soil. Then plant in that. Personally, I would not spray anything, but if you did, Bt would only kill chewing insects not sucking ones. Spinosad would be the one to use.
Thanks Sandi, So since I don't have a plow, can I mow it and then till it in? Should I do it now or wait a little bit longer? If I till it in will it kill the aphids? If I just mow it won't the rye blades turn into a straw cover? I know, so many questions......
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