Preparing Your Garden Bed for Winter

Crimson clover is a solid cover crop choice for gardeners in the South. (Photo: Cathleen A Clapper/Shutterstock)

This year, instead of putting mulched leaves on my garden bed, I’m going to plant a cover crop.

Why a cover crop?

  • It will grow quickly and then die with the first hard frost, leaving a protective cover on the garden all winter so the soil doesn’t blow or wash away.
  • The cover crop will block weeds from growing in the garden.
  • In the spring, the cover crop is easily turned into the soil and becomes a nutrient rich fertilizer for next year’s plants.

This video from Expert Village demonstrates how easy it is to plant a cover crop on your garden.