|Buckwheat is a low-growing plant that squeezes out weeds|
without taking over the garden.
|Nothing is quite so peaceful as watching the bees|
and other beneficial insects work the flowers of an ordinary plant
like the Buckwheat.
Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past - The New York Times:
"Cover crops are coming back in other areas of the country, too. The practice of seeding fields between harvests not only keeps topsoil in place, it also adds carbon to the soil and helps the beneficial microbes, fungus, bacteria and worms in it thrive.
These properties have led philanthropies like the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to underwrite research on cover crops, while Monsanto, together with the Walton Family Foundation, recently put up the money to support the Soil Health Partnership, a five-year project of the National Corn Growers Association to identify, test and measure the impact of cover cropping and other practices to improve soil health...
Modern farming practices like applying fertilizer and herbicides have helped farmers increase yields and reduced labor, but they have also unintentionally interfered with root systems and disrupted underground microbial activity and insect life that are vital to plant and soil health. (Many farmers deploying cover crops continue to use herbicides, although often less than they did in the past, but they often can do without fertilizers.)...
|Scarlet Bee Balm is a rampant mint|
but handy for a wild area.
This mint is loved by Hummingbirds.
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