How does cover cropping work with "no-till"

Asked August 8, 2020, 12:23 PM EDT

Hello,
My Yard & Garden artilcle this week talks about covercropping and tilling in the biomass prior to planting.
https://extension.umn.edu/yard-and-garden-news/cover-crops-improve-soil-health-even-small-scale
Are there any cover crop techniques where you don't till? Perhaps, just mowing and then planting in the crop residue?
If I chose to do only one, which is more beneficial to the soil? Covercrop? or No-Till?
Thanks.

Chisago County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for writing.
Covercropping and no till are completely compatible. As the covercrop dies it puts organic material and sometimes significant nitrogen into the soil. Just plant into the cover crop. This is a discussion for a large garden system https://covercropexchange.com/blog/how-to-use-cover-crops-in-your-garden
I just use shears before the cover crop goes to seed to control reseeding.