Garden Cover Up Seed Mix (Cover Crop)
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Garden Cover Up Seed Mix - the Secret to Amazing Gardens
Planting a properly selected cover crop mix can seem like magic for your garden. Weeds are pushed to the edges, soil fertility greatly improves, organic matter and carbon content increases, air and water channels open up, erosion dramatically decreases, soil moisture improves, biological life in the soil increases, and beneficial insects arrive, chasing destructive and pest insects away.
Cover crops are grains, grasses and legumes (such as peas) often mixed together to support and enhance each other to improve soil health.
All of these improvements are the result of planting a diverse species mix of cover crops, carefully selected for their contribution to improving the soil as a whole while supporting each other. This is the best choice for the majority of gardens for a drastic, noticeable improvement next season.
Through research, we are learning that soil – and the garden environment – is much more complex than we ever imagined before.
Our gardens are more like the network of nerves and synapses of a brain or nervous system, with multiple species communicating with each other through organic signals. Some researchers have gone so far as to describe a healthy, fertile soil environment as a complex living organism made up of billions of other living organisms, each aware of the other and working together.
Legumes in the mix
Crimson Clover – Annual legume, used as a nitrogen fixer, soil improver/builder, erosion preventer, ground cover and for forage. In areas of freezing winters, clover will be frost killed while in warmer winter areas it will need to be mowed or weed whacked to kill it.
Field Pea– Annual legume, valued as a high nitrogen fixer, weed suppressor and forage that creates a high root mass, adding organic matter to the soil. Excellent soil improver, and good erosion control, weed suppression and grazing choice. Quick growing in a short time frame.
Hairy Vetch – Annual legume used to fix nitrogen, suppress weeds, loosen and condition topsoil and reduce erosion while improving soil organic matter and carbon content. One of the only legume that provides an allelopathic residue, hindering the germination of many weeds the next season.
Grains in the mix
Cereal Oats – Annual grain used to suppress weeds, prevent erosion, scavenge excess nutrients, add biomass and as a nurse crop. Oats are also an excellent nurse companion crop to legumes, increasing the fertilizer and nitrogen fixing values.
Cereal Rye – Annual grain used for erosion prevention, soil structure and drainage improvement, adding organic matter to soil, weed suppression and excess nutrient scavenger. It provides an allelopathic residue which hinders the germination of many weeds the next season, like oats.
Buckwheat – Annual grain providing a quick soil cover and stabilization, weed suppressor, pollinator and beneficial insect nectar source, topsoil loosener and low fertility soil rejuvenator. It also has an extensive root system, bringing up deep nutrients to the surface, encouraging beneficial microorganisms, reducing soil diseases and provides an allelopathic residues like oats and rye.
Lightly broadcast seeds and work into the top half inch of moist soil, or cover with 1/2 inch of mulch or compost. Water to equivalent of 1 inch of rainfall per week until seedlings become established.
These rates will give a thick cover crop for maximum weed suppression and soil benefits.
- 1 lb will seed approximately 200 sq. feet of garden beds
- 8 oz will seed approximately 100 sq. feet of garden beds
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Germination was excellent. I have a beautiful cover crop that the bees are totally enjoying. This mix has been the easiest cover crop I have ever planted, no fuss, very little upkeep, just add a little moisture. Its so magnificent I spend 5-10 minutes every day just enjoying it.
Germination rate was great! The variety of plants is interesting and I am hopeful that this "green manure" will amend my garden soil.
I've grown vegetables in my 4 4'x12' raised beds for over 25 year, renewing the soil annually with a layer of compost; yields had become just OK. Two autumns ago I planted the Cover Up Mix, turned it into the soil in spring, covered the beds with the usual compost; happily report last year's yields were up appreciably. The garden was positively lush (an unusual state in our high desert environment with 2017's prolonged high summer heat). So I planted your cover crop mix again last fall and am looking forward to this year's results. Definitely recommend!
First time I've used a cover crop; planted 6 weeks ago in 1/2 of my garden because the other half was still producing. Easy to plant, grew quickly with great coverage. The best part is that everywhere the cover crop was planted there are NO WEEDS! Morning glory has been my biggest problem and I have none where I planted the cover crop. Seeing the comparison between the two halves has made me a believer... already re-ordered enough for the whole garden for next year, and plan on using it in my flower beds, too. Highly recommend!