Cover Crops

Biodiversity

When we originally started planning for the vineyard we put in winter rye as a way to build the soil and block out the majority of weeds. Since the vineyard has been planted we now have a mixture of weeds and hairy vetch in the vineyard.

Going forward we are moving towards using more crimson clover and hairy vetch between rows and on the perimeter of the vineyard. While clover and vetch are great for soil building they also provide habitat and food for the bees we have in the vineyard.

Along with the clover and vetch we have added more rye and begun using Austrian winter pea as well in an effort to build a more diverse system within the vineyard.

COVER CROPS USED:

  • Crimson Clover
  • Hairy Vetch
  • Austrian Winter Pea
  • Winter Rye