Using Ground Covers in Vegetable Gardens

Covers in Vegetable Gardens

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Learn About the Use of Ground Covers in the Garden

Weeding is probably your least favorite thing in your garden, but it must be done. Mulching is a way to eliminate weeds, it is a popular technique because it keeps plants and vegetables clean and attracts beneficial insects. This saves a lot of time and effort in weeding, but it also wastes a great deal of potential farmland. Try growing an edible canopy to take advantage of every square inch of your garden.

This is really just an extension of intercropping. With intercropping, you tuck faster-growing plants near vegetables that will mature much later in the season, such as seeding spinach under tomato plants. Many fast-growing growers like lettuce can also be used as a cover crop. However, you must continue sowing during harvest, otherwise, the bare soil will be left again.

Instead of a temporary solution, gardens can be covered with perennials or even non-aggressive perennials. While there is some competition for water and nutrients with two plants growing nearby, this shouldn't be a problem if you have good, rich soil and make sure your garden is watered regularly. Discover the different edible plants that you can use as ground cover.


Many gardeners with limited space have trouble growing strawberries. How about a row of eggplants underneath? They will still have plenty of sun there and will also help keep the eggplants safe and upright when loaded with fruit. This also solves the problem of plant thinning in your strawberry patch, as you will have to remove some next year to plant a new vegetable, such as cabbage, in the row.


There are never enough flowers in the garden. Flowers not only beautify the garden but attract more pollinating insects, which is vital for a productive garden. Wounds are common in many edible gardens and their low and flabby nature makes them an excellent choice as a ground cover. Plus, they are edible, so once again you can get two crops in one. You can even make capers out of seeds for poor men.


Of all the climbing herbs, oregano is perhaps the easiest to control. Yes, it does spread, but it is very forgiving when its roots are disturbed. Oregano needs lots of sunlight and prefers well-drained soil, so it's best for plants like bell peppers that don't shade them and don't need a lot of water to bear fruit. Regularly chopping the oregano for cooking will keep the plants dense and short. After your oregano plants bloom, expect them to be covered in buzzing bees.

Squash, Melon, and Cucumbers

This is evident if you have heard of the local tradition of three sisters who grow corn, squash, and green beans. The corn acts as a grill, the beans add nitrogen to the soil, and the squash acts as a ground cover. Any vegetable that grows like a vine, but does not rise or hang on its own, can be scattered on the ground and serve as a cover.

Again, gardeners with limited space avoid this approach as they use many valuable properties. However, if you sprinkle it under tomatoes or around Brussels sprouts, you won't miss out on much. It can be a bit tricky with really keen screws. It is best to stick with cucumbers or melons, which have smaller leaves and shorter vines. You don't want them to spread so far that you can't reach the other vegetables to harvest. And you need to make sure they don't try to climb, drown, or chop your tomatoes.


Sage is not a good all-weather option, but it would work well in colder climates, where its altitude and distribution are controlled by cold winters. It usually reaches heights of 20 to 30 inches and ranges from 30 to 18 inches. As the branches grow horizontally, they shade the ground and keep it cool. They also do a great job controlling weeds. They are perennials and perennials, so you may need to lose a little more weight in the next few years. But sage is generally a short-lived perennial and very ready to transplant.

Not all of these options will work for you, but they will be added to your tip package to maximize your garden without adding more work for you. It is definitely worth a try.

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