As spring progresses I am getting a better idea how the cover crops faired over the winter and what I like and don't like about each one.
Everything I've read says crimson clover should
over winter in our area. But most of it died. The green plants at the
bottom of the picture are what is left of the clover. We did have a very
cold winter, with many days of record breaking low temps, but I can't
count on that never happening again. So scratch crimson clover off the
Austrian Winter Peas:
These are my second biggest disappointment. I don't know if I planted them too late or not heavy enough but I am not happy with the sparseness of the planting. The gaps leave too much room for weeds to move in. If I try them again I will plant a little earlier and more thickly seeded.
This cover crop looks great. The plants are densely spaced, crowding out weeds. The final verdict will come in when I cut the rye, at pollen shed, and see how the roots die off.
The oats grew nicely in the fall then died back into a nice mat that should be good for planting transplants. Definitely something to grow again.