Cover Crop Decision Tool

Looking for the right cover crop? Give this Cover Crop Decision Tool from the Midwest Cover Crop Council a try. First select from one of the following states: Iowa. Illinois. Indiana. Kansas. Michigan. Minnesota. Missouri. Ohio. Ontario. Wisconsin. Then choose options that take into account your growing conditions: County (for frost/freeze date estimate). Planting and…

Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers

Cornell University has put together an excellent online guide called Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers.  While the seasonal information is tailored to conditions in New York, this site is still an excellent resource for Kansas country families. Some useful general information comes first: Reasons to consider planting a cover crop. How to use cover crops…

Hardpan

Hardpan can be the bane of a farmer’s existence. Once a layer of hardpan forms, no water can penetrate the soil beyond that level.  Any moisture that reaches the hardpan layer will simply run off. Furthermore, roots cannot enter the hardpan, either.  Once a probing root tip feels the hardpan, it will turn aside, directing…

Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening

This old classic just keeps on going! Fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental plants—it’s all here, along with a diverse array of natural gardening tips and techniques. The current edition of Rodale’s well-known work is Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, and it still contains a wealth of knowledge. Handy growing advice for a wide range of…