While it’s still technically summer, it’s a good time to start thinking about cover crops!
Planting a cover crop is a great way to improve soil quality during the off season. Benefits include controlling weeds and recycling Nitrogen, attracting beneficial insects, controlling for erosion,and in the case of legumes, actually adding Nitrogen to the soil.
From crimson clover to mustard, winter rye grain and buckwheat, there are many options.
For assistance in deciding what is best for your garden this fall, a good resource is the Territorial Seed Company 2015 Fall & Winter Gardening Catalog Cover Crop Chart.