Last fall I decided to try out cover crops. I planted fall rye in my garden in the middle of October. That’s one month after our first fall frost. It germinated, but I didn’t see any above the surface before the second snowfall of the year. (Our first came at the end of September.) It wasn’t until the middle of November when the snow melted that I noticed it had grown. The last I saw of the fall rye was near Christmas when winter set in and the snow didn’t melt.