DEAR NEW FARM:
Researcher Matt Ryan’s advice has worked as planned!
I have a winter field full of hairy vetch and am planning
on tilling it in June. My next question is: What crop do you
recommend for in-between vegetable rows? I don't want to plant
something that will compete with my produce for nutrients.
And how much space is ideal between rows; just enough to fit
the mower? I'm planning on planting tomatoes, potatoes and
Thanks for all your help.
Cedar Grove Farm
Matt Ryan responds:
Glad to hear that your hairy vetch is looking good. As far
as the space between rows, some people have had success with
planting a grass mixture (perennial ryegrass and red fescue).
Unless there is a severe drought, I don’t think the
grass will give you any problems. If you do plant grass, then
the row spacing should be wide enough so that you can get
a mower through.
Good luck with those veggies.
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