Use Cover Crops to Improve Soil

Cover crops solar-charge your soil and improve soil nutrients. Here is what you need to know about cover crop planting methods and reliable cover crop options for your region.



Cover crops improve soil
Colorful cover crops such as bachelor’s buttons and crimson clover will not only improve soil, they'll beautify your garden beds.
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cover crop roots
Oats are a good cover crop option. Mature oat plants will grow 2 to 3 feet tall, but their roots can extend up to 6 feet into the soil.
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cover crop bio-drilling
As cover crop roots die off, they leave behind channels in the soil for the roots of subsequent crops to follow, making it easier for new roots to reach deep.
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