Sustainable Production of Fresh-Market
Tomatoes and Other Summer Vegetables With Organic Mulches
The alternative production system described in this bulletin
uses the winter annual legume hairy vetch (Vicia villosa L.
Roth) both as a cover crop and as a mulch in a sustainable tomato
production system. As a cover, vetch serves to fix nitrogen,
recycle nutrients, reduce soil erosion and compaction, and add
organic matter to the soil. When converted to a mulch, the residue
reduces weed emergence, increases organic matter content, reduces
water loss from the soil, and acts as a slow-release fertilizer.
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