Cowpeas

Cowpeas are an excellent summer cover crop: They start well in the drier, warmer soil of summer; make a tight cover that cools the soil and suppresses weeds; and set nitrogen in the soil. They a great crop to precede fall crops such as brassicas. Once they have matured their seeds, they may be cut and fed to the flock; or the birds can be released onto the cowpea patch to self-harvest.

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