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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Jun 13, 21 07:59 AM
Thanks very much for this article, definitely the most detailed one I found after an extensive search online AND through a library of plant books too!
Jun 03, 21 09:32 AM
You should try cuttings from your bearing plant, which should duplicate the plant you have. There are video's on youtube showing how. Seeds does not necessarily
Jun 03, 21 09:25 AM
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