Cover Crop - Alfalfa, ORGANIC
Perennial, leguminous crop which is tap-rooted and very cold hardy. Its high protein and mineral content, and ability to grow back after cutting make it excellent for forage, composting, and soil building. Sow in early spring or late fall. Seeding rate of 0.5 lb per 1000 sq ft or 15-20 lbs/acre broadcast.
Cover Crop - Austrian Winter Pea
High bio mass production and nitrogen fixation with good weed suppression. Fall planting for overwintering. Seeding rate of 3 lbs per 1000 sq ft or 100-120 lbs/acre broadcast.
Cover Crop - Buckwheat, ORGANIC
Cover Crop - Crimson Clover
For spring planting everywhere! In the South you can also plant in fall for overwintering. Great for supporting the bee population! Seeding rate of 1 lb per 1000 square feet or 20-35 lbs/acre broadcast.
Cover Crop - Dutch White Clover
This low growing plant is an excellent choice for seeding under plants as a living mulch. Overwinters through zone 4, winter kills in colder regions. Plant in spring or fall with a seeding rate of 0.25 lb per 1000 sq ft or 5-7 lbs/acre broadcast.
Cover Crop - Hairy Vetch, ORGANIC
Cover Crop - Iron and Clay Cowpea
Cowpeas are frost sensitive, but a wonderful option for growing in hot weather and their long taproots help with drought resistance. They are an excellent nitrogen fixer and produce a high level of green manure in short time. Sow mid-spring once the soil has warmed. Will winter kill. Seeding rates of 2lbs her 1000 square feet or 50-75 lbs / acre broadcast.
Cover Crop - Nitro Radish
This radish's thick tuber and long taproot will penetrate hard soils and bring additional nutrients up from the subsoil. It has natural bio fumigant properties, with the capability to suppress undesirable plants and insects. Will winter kill.
Seeding rate of ½ lb. per 1000 sq. ft. or 2 lbs. /acre broadcast.
Cover Crop - Oilseed Sunflower
The Peredovik oilseed sunflower is not only beautiful, but also practical! By adding them to an existing crop rotation, pest problems such as corn borer or soybean cyst nematode can be reduced. The seeds have a very high oil content and are perfect for pressing your own oil, or providing a nutritious snack for yourself and the wildlife! Plant in spring and early summer.
Seeding rate of 3 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. or 15 lbs. /acre broadcast.
Cover Crop - Phacelia
We started carrying Phacelia in a packet size last year, but the call for bulk cover crop sizes was loud! And for good reason, since there is no better crop for producing biomass and providing a smorgasbord of high quality nectar for pollinators. Will winter kill.
Seeding rate of 1/2 lb per 1,000 square feet, or 11-18 lbs / acre broadcast.
Sow phacelia in spring while the soil is still cool. Make sure seed is well covered, because phacelia seeds need darkness to germinate. Broadcast seed into cultivated soil so that the seeds are about 2 inches (5 cm) apart and one-fourth inch (0.5 cm) deep. Thin to 10 inches (25 cm) apart in all directions.
Cover Crop - Sunn Hemp
Sunn Hemp has been grown in Asia and Europe for centuries, but has only recently been catching on in North America. With the ability to fix nitrogen and produce up to a whopping 5,000 lbs. of biomass per acre, Sunn Hemp is a cover crop we should all be working with. Quick growing, will winter kill.
Seeding rate of 2 lbs. per 1,000 square feet or 40-60 lbs./acre broadcast.
Cover Crop - White Oats
A good companion plant for legumes. Sow in mid-September to mid-October for over-wintering, keeping in mind that oats will not regrow in the spring like Winter Rye. If you want to produce grain, sow in early spring. Oats are early to mature and produce high yields. Will winter kill.
Seeding rate of 4 lbs. per 1,000 square feet or 125-150 lbs./acre broadcast.
Cover Crop - Winter Rye, ORGANIC