Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Now that's a cover crop!

Why plant silly (and potentially harmful) mustard as a cover crop when you could sow every other row in the vineyard with California poppies (Eschscholzia Californica)?  Whilst poppies don't have the biomass of a legume, for instance, they do have a large taproot which could help condition the vineyard soil somewhat.  Besides, they just look gorgeous.

4 comments:

NHwineman said...

Vinogirl, "Very Interesting!" Now, what's that tall whitish pole on the right of the picture?

Vinogirl said...

NHW: A fan. For frost protection.

Thud said...

agreed.

gabriel jagle said...

holy crap, i just learned the answer to this question! apparently, mustard attracts some sort of bug that eats mites. ok, no so much an answer as third hand information. but still...