Tillage Radish Cover Crop Update Three

Tillage Radish about five weeks

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.

Tillage Radish main beds

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.

Tillage Radish raised beds

I’ll provide another update when the radishes start to kill off.  Click these links to go back to view posts one and two.


Large Tillage Radish tubers


Larry Braley

About Larry Braley

Blessed husband to a wonderful, virtuous woman and father of five, a daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Raised on a midsize farm in the midwest during my childhood and early teen years. Moved away for several years to live the corporate life. Glad to be back in the country raising my family, teaching life skills and developing our mini-farm.
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