I took these 2 pictures this weekend to show why I’m such a fan of ending my planting season with the addition of rye into all my plots. It’s cheap, easy to grow, stays green all winter, the first thing to start growing in the spring, a great soil builder and weed suppressor. The deer in my area are nutritionally stressed by early spring and hit the plots hard as soon as the snow comes off them. It’s the only thing green in March and early April and I believe it’s a big help until the other plants wake up. Once they stop feeding on it you can plow it into the soil, mow it until you want to plant something else in its place or let it grow tall then spray it with gly and drill through it.
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