Here’s the third update on the tillage radish cover crop beds. It’s been four weeks since the last update, and the radishes are about two feet tall with tubers ranging from two to three inches in diameter. Some tubers are stretching out of the soil by six to eight inches.
The beds are completely full of radish leaves and have blocked out all weeds. Waiting anxiously for the next phase of cold, killing temperatures (not too anxious though), this cover crop experiment is working great and doing exactly what was expected:
- breaking up the ground,
- shading out all weeds, and
- growing a dense mass of vegetative leaves that will decay and provide nitrogen for the soil.