It can be a good idea to plant your garden with a cover crop in the non-productive months. This prevents weeds from taking over, and the right plants can actually help to enrich your soil. Two popular choices are buckwheat and crimson clover. They both work well, but the crimson clover has the advantage of also being really pretty!
I just had to snag some pictures of the clover before it was turned under.
I love the red color. The other day I passed a field full of it while driving down the road – beautiful! There are advantages to taking country roads.
If it ever stops raining, the clover will be turned under to make way for tomato plants. I’ll be sad to see it go, but certainly not sad to have fresh tomatoes every day!