Growing a continuous cover of plants to protect soil and provide mulch right where we need it is heaps easier than mulching. It is also a cheaper way to improve our soil.

But how do we do it in our vegetable beds?

How can we grow annual veggies amongst a dense cover of other plants?

Growing cover crops and green manures between cropping cycles works, but growing a continuous cover of perennial and self-seeding plants as living mulch is another technique.


We’re trialling this in our market garden, and had some fun creating our first video to show you how we went.

The video will give you some useful ideas for your own vegetable garden, and there’s some additional resources below the video.

Helen Atthowe is my mentor in using living mulches. She trialed different types of vegetables for over 20 years on her Montana farm.

Check out Helen Atthowe’s videos:

  1. Part 1 and Part 2
  2. the longer version – Reduced Tillage in Organic Vegetable production

Have you been experimenting growing your vegetables in living mulch? Do you know other people who have? It would be great to get together some other examples. Please leave a comment below and let me know.