by Michael Wall
Cover crops are essential to growing organically and maintaining fertile soil, and factors like species selection and timely planting are important for vegetables to thrive.
Few researchers know as much about soil sciences and cover crops as UGA’s Julia Gaskin. She is an expert in soil quality and sustainable agriculture and serves as the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Model State Co-Coordinator for Georgia. She works to identify the needs for sustainable agriculture in the Georgia and develop the programming to serve those needs.
Gaskin will be presenting a workshop in Using Cover Crops in Vegetable Production at the 18th Annual Georgia Organics Conference, Recipe for Change: Better Farms, Better Flavors, which will be held on Feb. 20-21, 2015, at the Classic Center in Athens, Ga. We spoke with Julia about the increasing popularity of cover crops and their use for increasing soil health.
In a nutshell, what does cover cropping mean? Cover cropping is growing a crop for its ecologically benefits rather than cash. The ecological benefits are things like increasing soil health, decreasing erosion, or providing habitat for beneficial insects or pollinators. Continue reading →