Cover Crop Benefits

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

By Erika Jensen


Cover crops help control pests and diseaseHelp control pests and diseases.
"Cover crops add organic matter, which feeds the microbes that can play important roles in the garden like disease suppression," says Nancy Creamer, Ph.D., director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at North Carolina State University.

Cover crops also encourage beneficial insects by providing flowers for a nectar source and foliage for shelter.