mitigation of the allelopathic effects of winter rye as soon as possible #251590 - Ask Extension

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mitigation of the allelopathic effects of winter rye as soon as possible #251590

Asked June 07, 2015, 11:22 AM EDT

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                            Just found out my winter rye which has seed heads is allelopathic in the short term.I have to get the vegetable garden planted soon.Should I yank it out roots and all and use it later for mulch or compost it.Is there some way to minimize the negative effect? Maybe put molasses and fish emulsion to get the microbes going.The garden isn't that big so at least on some of it, labor and costly efforts might be possible.Are there some vegetables less affected.Would transplants grow better than seeds.
                                   Also I would like to increase the worm population in the raised beds{all of the grden is raised beds}.I was going to use coco coir or soil pep {a type of fine pine bark}.Would something else be better for worms.Half the Garden is right up on the front side walk, so it would be better if it looked good.Thanks in advance. If you can only answer 1 question the first one about the rye is most pressing.
Thanks,Jon Valenzuela

Natrona County Wyoming

Expert Response

Most who use winter rye for weed suppression wait a growing year to use the area. Please review http://www.extension.org/pages/18524/how-cover-crops-suppress-weeds#.VXn6q0bGplw and it will provide a better overall review. In short, the rye may have to go through a dormant cycle to lose effect.

Scott Cotton Replied June 11, 2015, 5:19 PM EDT

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