Oilseed radish in February

-E. Taylor

I do not usually get a chance to look at my cover crops in the winter months, but yesterday I was out by my garden looking and my oilseed radish cover crop. Since oilseed radish is “winter kills” in Michigan I was surprised to find that there were still some green leaves. I still do not expect these plants to survive the remainder of the winter, but I thought I would share the photo.  Fortunately the ground cover provided by the radishes in the fall has suppressed most of the winter annual weeds, with only a few purple deadnettle plants poking through near the edges of the raised bed.

Oilseed radish in Michigan in February

Oilseed radish in Michigan in February

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