Working with the Soil Wealth ICP team, vegetable grower Kim Ngov has been trialling cover crops as a replacement to plastic mulch on his Wedderburn farm in NSW since 2020.

Kim had previously used plastic to control weeds in his vegetable crops but was eager to reduce the use of plastic on his farm. Also wishing to improve soil health and maintain effective weed management, Kim worked with the team to trial cover crops as a more sustainable alternative. 

With support from the Soil Wealth ICP team, Kim has managed to change his practices incrementally over time, an approach which has been pivotal to his success. Learning from each small change and tweaking his management practices as necessary, the process has been time and cost-effective. 

Eliminating plastic mulch from his system has not come without its challenges, but Kim’s resilience and determination has rewarded him with positive results.