Sowed Garden’s North Half with Elbon Rye


9/28/2020 – Sowed Elbon Rye in the north half of the garden as a cover crop. It grew well last year in the south half. The roots are supposed to trap root-knot nematodes and break up the subgrade fairly deep. The grass will improve the organics in the soil.

The area is 1/6th acre including the turn rows. So, to sow at 100 lbs/ac. I need to sow 100/6 = 17 lbs.

The process:

  1. Used the new 6′ drag harrow to level up the area that had been disced a couple of weeks ago and the weeds hoed out a couple of days ago.
  2. Spread about 17 lbs. using the old cyclone seeder. Went E-W the N-S then diagonally until the spreader was empty.
  3. Went over the area again with the drag harrow upside down to give the seed some cover.

This is a couple of weeks early based on advice from the Extension Services but a cold front blows in within a few hours. The prediction is a good chance of rain and high temps in the low to mid 70s for the next week. The radar and weather stations show the temp behind the front it about 10° below the current temp of 88°.

Based on a review of temp dropping history it usually drops into the 70s in mid October. I am betting that this year it drops 2 weeks earlier that the past years.

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