SATURDAY AUGUST 16 from 10-11 a.m. in the Briggs Ave. garden, Durham Master Gardener Leanna Murphy Dono will be leading a class on “Cover Crops and Crop Rotation” to help gardeners learn about planting fall/winter cover crops (like clovers and legumes) that help soil recover nutrients, improve soil structure and prevent weeds when not planted in vegetable crops. If it’s raining at class time, we’ll meet at the Extension Office instead.
During the class, we’ll examine some cover crops growing in the garden now (many thanks to Marsha Booker-Hibbs who helped Leanna plant and turn under some cover crops in July), and we’ll look at how they are turned over/break down. You’ll learn about the benefits of planting buckwheat, rye, crimson clover, cow peas and more and the timing of planting in the rotation (spring vs. summer.)
All the Briggs Avenue Community Garden plot owners who attend will be able to put in a cover crop for a hands-on planting demo.
This class is free and open to the public (including Master Gardeners for continuing education credit and Briggs plot owners); please call Pana at 919-560-0525 or email: email@example.com to pre-register.