Organic agriculture seeks sustainability by improving the state of the environment, producing healthy food and providing a fair livelihood for organic farmers. It is very important in organic farming that soil is not treated as only a producing agent but as part of nature full with life. It is a primary task of the farmer to preserve the organisms living in the soil and to sustain its fertility. Soil protection is possible even under intensive horticultural production; one method is through the use of groundcover plants.
When using groundcover plants in organic farming, it is worth choosing a mixture of native and perennial species suitable to the type of farming and conditions of production area. By sowing native species we can enhance the ecologic state of biodiversity and at the same time be beneficial for farming. Groundcover plants preserve soil structure, maintain nutrient levels of the soil and provide both shelter and food for useful soil organisms.