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Cover Crops as Living Mulch Under Organic Vegetables at Roots & Shoots Farm

Incorporating leguminous cover crops into vegetable rotations is known to improve soil quality and increase nitrogen availability to subsequent crops but it can be difficult for small vegetable growers to include season-long leguminous covers on limited land. Further, establishing winter covers after harvest of late season crops like winter squash and Brussels sprouts is not always feasible. Using cover crops as living mulches under vegetable crops could address both of these issues if growers can find a balance between vegetable and cover crop resource use.

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