- Grassy cover crops grow extensive root systems that protect the soil from erosion.
- The plants uptake soil nutrients that otherwise would be lost to leaching.
- They inhibit weeds.
- The tall cover grasses increase soil moisture by trapping snow and shading the soil.
- Legume species produce their own nitrogen fertilizer.
- Cover crops increase levels of organic material in the soil.
- They're cheaper and easier than hauling in manure or compost and serve the same functions.
- I like looking out my window in mid-winter and seeing plants in my garden!
|A well-established bed of rye and vetch sown after the potatoes were harvested.|
|Rye and vetch sprouting beneath the fall lettuce patch.|
|Oats were sown beneath the tomatoes in mid-July.|