Cover crops

Tall yellow mustard brightens the sleeping beds throughout winter and spring. In the Shaw vineyard, below, a mix of bell beans, vetch and peas are planted to enrich the soil in this vineyard while keeping the ground from washing away during heavy winter rainstorms. That thick cover crop is allowed to stay between the rows until late March, when it is plowed under, releasing its nutrients and allowing the vines to absorb every last drop of moisture that comes their way.

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