Over Winter Crops
You may have noticed some peculiar crops growing on our farm this winter. As part of our sustainable farming practices, each winter we crop a rotational area of cover crops as part of our policy to improve soil quality and health. The mix being grown this year contains oil radish, oats, vetch and phacelia. The vetch helps capture nitrogen and supports soil life, the radishes put down long tap roots which help with soil compaction and the oats and phacelia catch nitrogen, preserving it until the mix is re-incorporated into the soil. The spring crop to follow the mix will ultimately benefit, as well as an improved organic matter and soil quality.