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Top 5 Cover Crops for the Small Farm or Homestead

Cover crops are also called "green manure" and sometimes, "living mulch." They are plants that are grown to suppress weeds, help build and improve soil, and control diseases and pests. Here are the top five cover crop choices for the small farm or homestead - figure out which one best meets your farmstead's needs!

7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers
If you're just beginning your small farm or homestead, try these 7 easy-to-grow plants for sure success.

How to Start Seeds
Learn how to start seeds to grow indoors or in a greenhouse. Starting plants from seed is a key skill for the small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer.

Supplies for Starting Seeds
These are the supplies you'll need for starting seeds indoors or in a greenhouse, hoop house or high tunnel. Starting plants from seed is a key skill for the small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer.

Seed Suppliers and Seed Catalogs for Small Farming
Learn where to buy the best seeds and garden supplies for your small farm and homestead. Use this list of seed suppliers and seed catalogs for your farm and garden planning.

Season Extension - Starting Spring Seeds Early And Harvesting Late Winter Crops
Want to get a jump on planting crops and your food garden this season? With season extension ideas like cold frames and polytunnels, you can get your small farm or homestead garden going earlier than you ever imagined.

How to Grow Sprouts on the Small Farm
Growing sprouts can be done on a windowsill, but you can also grow sprouts on the small farm to sell at farmers markets or to food stores. Sprouts are a delicious, nutritious crop that's easy to grow.

How to Grow Garlic on the Small Farm
Learn everything you need to know to become a garlic farmer on your small farm, growing garlic for hobby, fun or profit.

How to Grow and Harvest Calendula
Learn how to grow and harvest calendula on the small farm. Calendula is used in many beauty products and is great for the skin. Plus, it's easy to grow.

How to Harvest and Dry Calendula
Learn how to harvest and dry calendula properly on the small farm. Calendula is used in many beauty products and is great for the skin. Plus, it's easy to grow.

How to Wash Baby Salad Greens
After you've harvested baby salad greens to sell at the farmers markets, to restaurants, or through your CSA, you need to get those babies clean and ready for sale - and this article will tell you how.

Raised Bed Garden - How To Make a Raised Bed Garden
Learn how to create a garden space with raised beds, and why you might want to choose this method of gardening.

Before You Build Raised Beds
Before you build raised beds, learn why you might want to use them, how many to build, what size to make them, what material to use, and what plants grow well in them.

How to Build Raised Beds
A complete guide to building your own raised beds for small farming, homesteading and hobby farming intensive growing methods.

How to Plan a Farm and Garden to Feed a Family
Wondering how much to plant on your small farm to feed your family? Is 5 tomato plants enough, or would 15 be better? Get started planning your garden so that you have fresh, delicious produce for your family all year.

Grow Great Garlic
Ever wondered: hardneck or softneck? How do I grow garlic? Can I sell it profitably as a crop on my small farm? Find out the answers to all your garlic growing questions.

How to Grow Mixed Salad Greens on the Small Farm
Growing your own specialty salad mix can be fun and rewarding for the small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer. Learn how to grow salad mix - an easy, enjoyable and profitable crop on the small farm.

Description and Varieties of Garlic
Learn all about the types of garlic - hardneck and softneck - and various varieties, and basic information on what type of soil, pH, and other key factors you need to grow it.

How to Grow and Harvest Dry Beans
Instructions for growing and harvesting dry beans. Covers planting time, spacing, growing notes, pests and problems, maintenance, harvesting, seed saving, storage and preservation.

How to Make a DIY Seed Starting Shelf
Learn how to make your own shelf for starting plants from seed indoors. Handy if you don't have a high tunnel or greenhouse but still need to start lots of plants for your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

Description and Varieties of Dry Beans
Varieties of dry beans, description and Latin name, growing conditions, hardiness zones.

How to Use Row Cover
Learn how to use floating row cover to extend the season on your small farm. Learn why to use it - how it also protects against insects and wind - and what kind of row cover to buy for your farm.

Plan a Fall Harvest
It's not too late to start planting new crops for harvest in the fall and early winter. And if you're using season extension methods, the bounty can extend well into the winter months.

Potatoes - Growing Potatoes in the Home Garden
Learn how to grow great potatoes in your garden. Potatoes are the perfect crop for the small farm or homestead and store well for winter.

Complete Guide to Growing Organic Lettuce
Growing organic lettuce is easy and rewarding. Lettuce is a great crop choice for small farms and homesteads. Learn everything about how to grow organic lettuce in this article.

How to Grow Tomatoes
Every farmer needs to grow tomatoes. This handy guide tells you the secrets of growing heavy yields of luscious, ripe tomatoes.

Storing the Harvest for Winter
Maximize the harvest by storing your fruits, vegetables and other crops so that they last all winter long.

What's the Difference Between Hybrid and Heirloom Vegetables?
Learn the definitions of hybrid, open-pollinated, genetically modified organism (GMO) and heirloom.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.

Cover Crop - Rye
Learn when and how to plant cereal rye as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.

Cover Crop Basics
Cover crops are a great way to add fertility, suppress weeds, and fill a niche in your small farm crop rotation. Learn when, how and why to plant them, and which ones to choose for your needs.

Cover Crop - Buckwheat
Learn when and how to plant buckwheat as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.

Cover Crop - Clover
Learn when and how to plant clover as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.

Cover Crop - Sorghum-Sudangrass
Learn when and how to plant Sorghum-Sudangrass as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.

Seed Savers Exchange Review
A review of a non-profit heirloom seed company, Seed Savers Exchange.

How to Grow Microgreens on the Small Farm
Microgreens are a tasty, nutritious addition to salads and meals, and high-end restaurants and chefs use them to top dishes with extra bursts of flavor. It's easy to grow microgreens and this article will tell you how to do it whether it's on a home or small farm scale.

How to Pick Sweet Corn
When should you pick your ears of sweet corn that you've so carefully grown and tended? Learn when sweet corn is ready to pick, and how to cook it once you've picked it.

How to Store Seeds
Learn how to store your seeds, saving money and choosing or breeding your own varieties of crops and vegetables.

How to Save Seed
Learn how to save seed - and save money, choose your own varieties, and make your farm more sustainable.

How to Grow Onions on the Small Farm
Learn the tips and tricks to grow great onions on your small farm, homestead, or hobby farm.

Jim Capellini
Bio of About.com Small Farms guest author Jim Capellini.

How to Select Garlic Seed Stock
Learn how to select the best garlic seed stock and how to grow garlic from bulbs or bulbils.

How to Prepare the Soil for Growing Garlic
Learn how to prepare the soil to grow the biggest, best, most tasty garlic ever on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Plant Garlic
Learn how to plant garlic on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Manage Growing Garlic
Once you've selected seed, prepared your soil, and planted your cloves or bulbils, learn how to manage your growing garlic on the small farm for the best yields and biggest bulbs.

Garlic - Managing Pests and Diseases
Garlic is a hardy crop, but not immune to pests and diseases. Learn how to prevent, manage and treat the most common of these for a healthy crop.

How to Harvest Garlic
Learn the best and most efficient ways to harvest garlic on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Cure and Clean Garlic
Once you've grown great garlic, learn how to cure and clean it like a pro.

Cover Crop - Hairy Vetch
Learn when and how to plant hairy vetch as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.

How to Grow Cucumbers
Learn how to grow great cucumbers on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

Planning Your Winter Harvest
Plan now for your winter harvest and reap the benefits of a long growing season no matter where you live.

How to Grow Jerusalem Artichokes or Sunchokes on the Small Farm
Learn how to grow Jerusalem artichokes, also called sunchokes, on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead. They're easy to grow, hardy and delicious.

All About Jerusalem Artichokes or Sunchokes on the Small Farm
Learn all about Jerusalem artichokes so that when you grow them on your small farm, you can tell your customers all about them and how to store, cook and eat them.

How to Grow Jerusalem Artichokes
Learn how to grow Jerusalem artichokes, aka sunchokes, on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

All About Jerusalem Artichokes
Learn about the unique and delicious tuber, Jerusalem artichokes or sunchokes, so you can tell your customers all about them.

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