Big or Small: Cover Crops for All: Gardening in the Air

Big or Small: Cover Crops for All

October 9 | 9-10 a.m.

Sustaining soil quality and health is an important aspect for creating and maintaining productive backyard gardens and landscapes. As the growing season slowly winds down, our gardens, backyards and acreages will soon be exposed to high velocity winds, rainfall (hopefully) and cold temperatures.

Leaving soil exposed to such environmental conditions elevates the risk of eroding the topsoil. This is where cover crops come into the picture. This presentation will highlight benefits and challenges of cover crops and focus on their impact on various ecological services such as weed suppression, pest and disease reduction, nutrient recycling and enhancement of soil biodiversity. Presenter: Dr. Ajay Nair, Iowa State University.


This program is part of Gardening in the Air, a virtual series on October 9 co-hosted by University of Illinois Extension and Iowa State University Extension. Sessions are 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. CST. Sign up for one session or the entire series. Sessions are free to attend, but a donation is appreciated. Access links and handouts will be provided upon registration.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, please contact Bruce Black at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for the requested accommodation. Some programs will be recorded. If recorded, closed captioning for requested programs will be honored after the event.

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