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Creating total plant cover is a goal of regenerative gardening. Cover crops help with the bottom story of the garden. Diversity is everything.

I've explained why in greater detail, as well as how to source and select the cover crop seed in this article. There is also further justification in this older article. before I had my present understanding of the importance of diversity.

For a regenerative garden total plant cover is more desirable than merely covering the soil, say with organic mulches. Permanent plant cover has more benefits than mulching or composting and regenerates the soil autonomously without repetitive applications of compost made by your own blood sweat and tears. There is nothing 'wrong' with mulching or dressing with compost, its just that plants are better because of the root sugars they produce deep underground.

Diversity is the foundation of resilience in ecosystems. If you want to create disease resistant soils they need a very diverse microbiome, and diverse planting will help with that.

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