Back in November, we seeded the rows between the trees with a mix of oats, peas and beans. We are dry-farming them so, given the light rain we have had so

Looking West down a row of Arbequina

Cover crop in the orchard

far this year, it has taken a while for them to come up. But they are finally starting to fill in! Hopefully this will help to catch more water in the coming storms as well as provide the trees with good nutrients when we cut and mulch it in the spring. Oats sprout quickly to help prevent weeds and provide structure for the legumes. The peas and beans help break up compacted soil and gather nitrogen that will be released when it is cut and tilled into the soil this Spring. It should also look pretty once they bloom, maybe attracting some helpful insects.

Looking East up the row of Arbequina

You can see the oats doing well

Close-up of cover crops

These are the peas