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When to plant Alfalfa and Clover to cover crop

Posted by kvbch Zone 6 Southern Illi (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 16, 08 at 13:07

I know that I am already getting antsy for the cool, days of Fall to get here in hot, humid deep southern Illinois.
BUT, in addition to the cooler weather, I am also looking forward to Fall so I can plant a cover crop on my garden.

This year I am going to plant half of my garden in Alfalfa and the other half in clover.

Can BOTH of these be planted as late as late October or even into early November? Even then down here the soil is fairly warm.

Any other thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated.

Many thanks.

Kevin
Southern Illinois


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RE: When to plant Alfalfa and Clover to cover crop

I have planted as late as November, You will not see any growth all winter if you seed late and get no soil protection but the cover crop will start to grow as soon as things warm up in mid March and grow very fast into May. For late seeding I would use hairy vetch... Bob.


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