I then mowed the barley to a 2-in. height and will plant through the residues using a bulb planter for transplants and a narrow hoe to make a furrow for sowing seeds.
Crimson clover is beautiful in early May and will return extra nitrogen to the soil when it decomposes. It's a a little easier to deal with. Mowing it close to the ground will kill it when it's in full flower. I'll plant sweet potato slips into the residues.