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A low growing perennial generally grown as an annual. Grown in full sun to shade, does better in the cooler weather and often goes out of bloom when it gets hot. Look for heat tolerant cultivars. Cut back after first bloom, fertilize and water to maintain flowering in the summer.


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Soil enrichment

I live in Tennessee, what can I sow this fall and till under in spring to enrich my vegetable garden soil? Thank you

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The industry refers to plants used to enrich soil as a "cover crop" there are number of specialized seed mixes designed for just that. Some the common ingredients in seed mixes include Cayuse oats, Bell beans, Purple vetch and Field peas. The cover crop should produce plenty of vegetative growth to create lots of nitrogen for the following seasons crop. Other cover crops include mustards and a number of legumes. You can find many of these online at garden centers or at a farm supply store.

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