The photo submissions aren't coming. I'm a prince locked in a tower, waiting for my princess to come and slay Dobi, The Dragon Of Blog Inertia. See the sidebar at right if you don't know what the hell I'm talking about. While I'm waiting, I'll try to fill this space with other stuff farmers and gardeners might find useful. Today, a new feature: I watch an archived webinar, then review it for your reading and viewing delight.
What's a webinar? I'll refer you to Urban Dictionary's two definitions, one of which does not include a reference to self-gratification.
What's the point of featuring webinars? Well, like just about everything else I post here, it represents a motivation for me to improve my farming knowledge and practice, and hopefully yours too. But more specifically, I suppose I'm hoping to breathe some life into resources that otherwise sit relatively unexploited on some server somewhere. All of us have limited time and energy to put towards sifting through the reams of information meant to improve how we practice our craft. By featuring a webinar or a book on this site, I hope to highlight its existence, and by reviewing it I hope to help people make the best use of their time.
This post: Utilizing Cover Crops in Organic Production, a webinar given by Alan Sundermeier, a professor and extension educator at Ohio State University. The webinar was organized by the Certified Organic Association of British Columbia. Here's his bio:
I'm unable to embed the webinar in this post, but you can view it here.
And here's what I think: Alan's presentation is a very general overview of incorporating the use of cover crops into your farm's operations. For someone completely new to the concept, this webinar is a good place to start. But I don't think those already familiar with the topic will find anything particularly enlightening in this presentation. One limitation for someone like me--a comely, small-scale veggie gardener--is that Alan is coming from a larger-scale perspective. Thus some of the specific questions I have about using cover crops in my garden pathways weren't covered.
Basically, Alan covers the pros and cons of using cover crops, considerations for species selection, the timing of planting and incorporation, and then talks specifically about a few different species. But he went into none of these in enough depth to help me out with my own cover cropping plan.
That's it. That's the review. See you next time.