It’s time again for the Annual Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) Tree and Plant Sale! Each year, we offer a variety of plants that will further the ability of Montgomery County residents to conserve their natural resources, better their soil, benefit pollinators and wildlife, and overall improve the quality of life for all of us! Along with offering favorites from previous years, we have a new category to highlight - cover crops!
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Cover crops aren’t just for agricultural fields! Cover crops are getting nationwide attention in the agricultural community for their many benefits to soil and crop health, but their benefits are just as big in a small setting - your garden!
Cover crops are plants, usually a mix of species, that are planted not to harvest and use themselves, but for the benefits they provide. Cover crops help reduce erosion and compaction, and increase water permeation. They hold minerals normally leached from your soil in winter. Densely planted cover crops will suppress perennial and winter annual weed growth. The top growth and roots add organic matter to the soil, and the root system opens passageways that help improve air and water movement and supports beneficial microbial life. This microbial life works synergistically with the roots, bacteria and fungi to improve soil health. We are offering two seed mixes, one for planting during the summer, and one for planting in the fall. Both mixes contain untreated seeds and an inoculant that is ‘Organic Materials Review Institute’ (OMRI) approved for organic gardens. See page six for more details!
There is no need to be a Montgomery County resident to purchase plants, but all purchases must be picked up from the Montgomery SWCD office. If you want to plant a windbreak, add a few native trees to your yard, add color to your perennial bed, or improve your garden harvest by using cover crops, take advantage of this low cost way to partner with us in protecting our natural resources!
Contact the MSWCD office at
Phone: (937) 854-7645 Fax: (937) 837-2241