News Environment Preparing Your Garden Bed for Winter By Robin Shreeves Writer Cairn University Rowan University Wine School of Philadelphia Robin Shreeves is a freelance writer who focuses on sustainability, wine, travel, food, parenting, and spirituality. our editorial process Robin Shreeves Updated September 18, 2019 Crimson clover is a solid cover crop choice for gardeners in the South. (Photo: Cathleen A Clapper/Shutterstock) Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices 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.