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Cover crops help to retain the soil, lessen erosion, and decrease the impact of rainfall on the garden by slowing the runoff of the rainwater. They also reduce soil compaction, suppress weed growth, and reduce the leaching out of nutrients from the soil. Cover crop top growth adds organic matter when it combines with the soil. The root system also provides organic matter and opens passageways that help improve air and water movement in the soil. Scientific studies have shown that cover crops actually drill down into the soil, some as much as six feet. When they decompose, the next crop planted will follow the rooting network laid out by the cover crop.
You can plant cover crops for summer cover in any unused garden space. Colorful cover crops such as bachelor’s buttons and crimson clover will not only improve soil, they'll beautify your garden beds as well. Cover crops planted to winter-over will protect and enrich the soil over winter months.