Cover Crop Benefits

Cover crops are the secret to healthier soil, fewer weeds, and more beneficial insects.

By Erika Jensen


Cover crops add orgainc matterCover crops add organic matter.
Both roots and topgrowth contribute organic matter to the soil after they are tilled under. “A combination of cover crops and compost is an excellent choice for building long-term organic matter and providing sufficient seasonal nutrients to the garden,” says Marianne Sarrantonio, Ph.D., associate professor of sustainable agriculture at the University of Maine.