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Winter Rye Cover Crop Test.. Organic gardening 101. Part 1

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Setting Up 4 Test spots areas to start a trail to answer your important questions. Part 1

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Patrick Pittman says:

What did you use to crimp the rye down? Did it grow back after crimping it, or did that terminate it completely?

Micha EL says:

OK last question because I think I'm sold. You say leaves and woodchips do the same but woodchips last longer. The only thing I need now is how are you replacing the nitrogen leeched from the soil by the devaying woodchips? I know the back to eden garden uses light dressing with chicken manure compost. But you don't seem to be using that method.

Ryan Saunders says:

I'm going to try covering it with a ground cover like you did this year, then waiting like a week or two and seeing if I can plant in it. Thanks for the video!

john rambo says:

One of the growers you directed me to before just bent the grass over than planted in it.Can't remember who that was. You should try a spot with that method.

Kathryn Gagne says:

If I plant in strips like you do, let the Winter Rye grow tall, could I harvest it (give it a hair cut ) and feed it to my cows,pigs and chickens? Then I could let it continue to grow to keep roots in my garden soil. Yes ,no, maybe so? LOL Thanks -Kathryn

Donald Damron says:

Thanks Mark, love your videos, learning allot, keep em coming, Don.

TheEmptynester planting Seeds of Hope says:

Hi, Mark. That was interesting. I have never used rye. So. I look forward to your results. I do cut and use grass clipping, mulch or straw in my gardens. With good results. I no long have a source for good straw now. So, Stick with my grass or wood chips. I do cover with mowed oak leafs for the winter. But, was not able to do it for the past fall.

KaleidoscopeJunkie says:

Have you done the experiment with the Rye bent/snapped but still attached?

tsx3214 says:

If left unchecked, will the winter rye just continue to grow and spread all year long, or does it eventually die back in the heat of the summer? Thanks Mark

Rob X says:

Thanks for the video Mark. Looking forward to the results. How long do you plan on leaving the plastic on?

Horse237 says:

Can't wait for Part II. I found this garden site in the UK that recommends 17 ways to kill slugs. Give them beer. Garlic kills slugs. Or human hair tangles them up. (Get lots from a barbershop or stylist.) Citrus peels. Wooden barricades. Raise ducks. They love to eat slugs.
Dust 'em with Diatomaceous earth. Available at garden centers, 'DE' is the mined fossilized remains of dinosaur-era, sea-going creatures called diatoms. Looks like flour to us, but is incredibly sharp on a microscopic level, and dehydrates slugs on contact. (But it doesn't work when wet.) Dust 'em with Diatomaceous earth. Available at garden centers, 'DE' is the mined fossilized remains of dinosaur-era, sea-going creatures called diatoms. Looks like flour to us, but is incredibly sharp on a microscopic level, and dehydrates slugs on contact. (But it doesn't work when wet.)
http://www.gardensalive.com/product/seventeen-surefire-ways-to-stop-slimy-slugs/you_bet_your_garden

Cody Taber says:

I am guessing you already know the answers to these trials from experience?
I'm curious about two other things.
1. How long will the winter rye continue to grow if left uncut.
2. Can it be planted densely enough to use sort of like a hedge row? I have a really well behaved dog but I'd like to try to grow a dense row of it in place of some hedges I want to remove. I'm hoping the row would be a deterant from her cruising into the neighbors yard.
I'm growing winter rye as a cover for the first time because of your videos. I planted last fall. I just didn't plant a row though.

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