1. Remove plants, stakes, and other debris
2. Cut weeds off at ground level with a sharp hoe
3. Loosen the soil with a garden fork
4. Rake the soil level and relatively smooth
5. Broadcast cover crop seed (cover crop fact sheet for details)
6. Walk on seeds to press them into the soil (must have good seed to soil contact for germination)
Step #6 elicited some laughter from my house and motivated my son to take some video with his phone. You see to efficiently and forcefully step on the maximum number of seeds I have to do a kind of cover crop dance (not sharing the video). I still felt there was a good chance that the rain would wash seeds to the low end of the beds. I was happily surprised to see that the lazy gardener method worked. I ended up with a good, even stand in each bed. The photo at top shows the emergence of a small bonus crop of buckwheat that re-seeded from a summer sowing.
|Rye seedlings- notice the red stems|