Companion Planting and Cover Crops
The presentations from SA's first regenerative agriculture conference can be viewed at this link (click). These include presentations by both local and global experts, as well as, practical experiences from top farmers.
Cover crops has become an important component of regenerative agriculture. Cover crops improves soil health and productivity through:
- Physical stability: It limits loss of soils and nutrients and it retains the soil floor
- Nutrient cycling and retention: It improves nutrient recycling (which reduces the need for input nutrients like nitrogen) and limits water loss.
- Improved hydrology: It improves water infiltration and water holding capacity, cools soil temperature and decreases evaporation.
- Increases biodiversity (above and below the soil): This improves biological control and balances soil biology.