Best Bets To Use for Cover Crops

Tried and True Plants That Can Enrich Your Soil

Cover crops are often transition plantings to improve soil texture and fertility before establishing more permanent landscaping. They are frequently used in barren areas where soil is depleted, compacted, or eroded, but they can also serve as green mulch in beds. Many can store nitrogen in soil, which promotes the growth of later plantings.

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For more information about cover crops, visit the Virginia Tech website: Search “Cover Crops.” In particular, note these Virginia Cooperative Extension publications: Building Soil Organic Matter with Cover Crops by Regina Prunty; Cover Crops (with a table of type, amount, timing of planting, and tilling); and Building Healthy Soil; or visit and search for Managing Cover Crops Profitably, Third Edition published by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, with funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture.