If you have a garden plot that you are “done with” for the year and want to let it rest during the winter, but also want to do something with it that will put it in better shape come next spring, consider planting a “cover crop.”

Cover crops are helpful for various reasons, including building the soil, suppressing weeds, controlling soil erosion, increasing organic matter in the soil, and recycling soil nutrients. Cover crops are primarily used to “rest” or leave a garden area open during non-production times.

Cary Sims is the county Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources for Angelina County. His email address is cw-sims@tamu.edu.