Cover Crop Benefits

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

By Erika Jensen


Cover crops increase microorganismsCover crops increase microorganisms.
Organic matter and the roots of growing cover crops stimulate microorganisms, which help suppress disease organisms, improve soil structure, and digest organic matter so that nutrients can be used by plants. Steve Diver of ATTRA-The National Sustainable Agriculture Service recommends inoculating cover crops with compost tea before tilling them under, because it helps them decompose faster.