I had a chance to visit with Beth LaShell from the Old Fort Lewis farm and she does plant winter rye grass as a cover crop this time of year. She said that it can germinate at low temps, 45 degrees, so there is still plenty of time to get it in if you want to try it. In the spring she mows it if it is going to be in a walkway so it continues to suppress weeds or turns it under for a green manure crop where she is going to plant. She has planted in November before and it was just tiny stubble before it stopped growing but once it warms up at all in the spring it takes off and can make it really hard for the weeds to grow and then add a lot of good organic matter to your soil.
Please let us know if you try it out, we can all learn from each other on this!
Don’t forget the potluck tomorrow night, 6pm at the Senior Center!