Chris Kott wrote:Yeah, I agree, James. The described usage sounds more like a living mulch than a cover crop, especially if instead of a chop-and-drop, they are left for intended crops to grow through, perhaps with a little space made.
In this context, I think they'd be great. I mean, what's better than a self-seeding annual or a perennial living mulch or groundcover that also might provide a tasty treat?
Kurt Luoto wrote:I have seen many discussion about what to use as a cover crop to help grow strawberries. My problem is different. I have a garden bed mulched with wood chips which the strawberries just love and grow very well in. They seem to want to take over the whole bed! I am wondering whether it would work OK to plant other veggies in with the strawberries, making use of the strawberries as a cover crop to help the veggies grow. The alternative is to pluck out enough strawberry plants to make room for my veggies, but I was wondering whether letting the veggies grow together with the strawberries would be better. The strawberries have such lovely root systems, after all. Are the strawberries good at promoting mycorrhizal fungi?