It’s difficult to overstate the benefits of a cover crop for your garden. In addition to helping replenish the nitrogen in your soil, cover crops also act as habitat for a healthy garden ecosystem and help prevent soil from eroding while it’s not in use growing veggies. Using cover crops, like companion planting, is a less invasive way to promote soil health while still allowing a vegetable garden to thrive. Planting a cover crop will make next year’s veggies that much healthier, and keeping weeds down will make spring planting a breeze.
Cover crops are also useful as what’s known as “green manure”—essentially an in-place composting system that adds nutrients to the soil with very little effort. Once the cover crop dies off, you can allow it to decay in place, or to speed the process up by tilling the greens under before they go to seed.
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