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Winter cover crop for Southern California?

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  Icon_missing_medium JesseVoss 25 Posts

Hi,

 

Just planning ahead, here, but after my 3rd annual pumpkin party, I'm going to have about 3000 sf of space that I want to improve for next year's pumpkin crop. I already have the space I need for my other vegetables &c, so this is just going to be empty space until I plant pumpkins again next June.

I'm going to till in the pumpkin vines right after the party, but I'm also thinking about a cover crop of some sort. What would be good in Los Angeles for winter cover? We get little rain here, but it never gets cold. I can put a sprinkler out for planting and a few days after, but I don't to water a cover crop for 6 months. Weeds seem to grow fine, if I let them :D

My goals are to out-compete the weeds, improve my heavy, compacted clay soil, and add some nutrients.

I keep reading that clover is good for fixing nitrogen. Is that good for my area? What varieties? Any suggestions for places to buy seed?

 

Any help will be apprecited.

 

I didn't find the right solution from the Internet. 

 

References:

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=48314

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Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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