I was reading this article about cover crops: Cover Cropping Your Garden. I have never attempted cover crops, but it seems like a great idea and an easy way to add nutrients to the soil. I started a never ending search on what kind of cover crops to grow and got so confused that I went to my local farmer's exchange instead.
The farmer's exchange in my South Carolina town is always an interesting place. I show up after work wearing a skirt and jacket while everyone else appears to actually be farmers. Needless to say I stand out, so they are quick to come to help me. A very nice old farmer thinks about my cover crop question. He proceeds to give me a tour of the bags of seeds, mumbling about each one. He decides that the best and most economical option is to get a mixture of winter peas, oats, and wheat (I think it is buckwheat). He mixes all the seeds together- over a pound of seeds. I go to pay and he says one dollar. Did I mention he mumbled? I was sure I heard him wrong. Online I'd seen 1/4 lb mixes going for $5. But no, it was really $1! Lesson for the day- try seed shopping at your local farmer's exchange.
He also mumbled something about weevils. I get home and put the paper back on the kitchen table and about half an hour later I notice all these little black things on the outside of the bag. Lots and lots of weevils!! Although for $1 I can handle some weevils and for some odd reason I think they are kind of cute.