Green Manure Cover Crops Between Rows of Widely Spaced Vegetable Crops like Pumpkins (2012) - 5 pages
Squash and pumpkin are grown with wide spaces between the rows. Tillage is commonly used to control the weeds between the rows but tillage is time-consuming and damages the soil structure. Using herbicides to control weeds growing between the rows depends on identifying herbicides and application methods that are effective and crop safe. By planting low growing cover crops in the space between the rows it may be possible to suppress weeds while also contributing to the soil organic matter reserves. This project evaluated the potential to grow green manure cover crops between the rows of a widely spaced, locally popular vegetable crop – pumpkins.