Published at Monday, January 15th, 2018 - 13:35:45 PM. Garden. By Bernardine Regine.
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As mentioned previously, cover crops help prevent soil erosion. Some gardens (especially those located in hilly or mountainous areas) may have a problem with this, and planting cover crops after you harvest is a great solution. Cover crops also work well as a weed barrier. They prevent weeds from taking hold in the area simply because they were there first, meaning they can monopolize the nutrients that weeds need to survive. One thing to be mindful of is that some of your cover crops could start acting like weeds and take over your garden if not they're not harvested before going to seed.
Cover crops can also help break up your soil if it’s compacted or heavy. The put organic materials into the ground and help loosen it all up. Plus, cover crops often have roots that go really deep, so they'll probably do a better job of loosening the earth than you would with a rototiller. Long roots will also help the microbial organisms living deep down in the soil thrive.
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