Field of Cover Crops 2011
These tools have their place when you are trying to give a little extra bump to a crop, but they are not tools that can be relied upon to care for soil and plants. The only way I have found to take long term care of soils is to grow cover crops, as often as possible. On our farm, we make a point to budget the expenses to grow one cover crop with each crop.
Thad Shows Off Our Cover Crop Mix of Grasses and Legumes
A Tomato Seedling Benefits from Last Season's Cover Crop
All of these benefits are obtained by nothing but the local resources of land, water and seeds — they are without a doubt the most sustainable way to maintain healthy soil. Cover crops should be the cornerstone of every farm’s fertilization program. Unfortunately, they are not — but they are the cornerstone of your farm’s fertilization program!