We’ve collaborated with our grower in developing a cover crop seed mix specifically focused on building and improving your garden soil. 13 varieties each contribute their own unique advantages to this mix.
We looked closely at what healthy, fertile and nutrient-rich soils have in common but were mostly missing in today’s garden soils.
We found the missing link to be abundant mycorrhizal communities in the soil. Once you’ve improved the soil structure and increased the nutrients, then you need biology to get those nutrients to the plants in a form they can use.
Mycorrhizal fungi are beneficial allies with plant roots, linking them to the needed nutrients that are out of reach of the fine roots. Mycorrhizae can extend the reach of the roots into the soil by several hundred times!
We’ve included a beneficial mycorrhizal inoculant to the seed mix, greatly increasing the effectiveness of the cover crops. The strong root growth increases the population of beneficial mycorrhizae several times over, which you’ll see in increased plant vigor, health, production and pest and disease resistance.
Plant from early spring to mid fall, clipping the mature flower heads to prevent re-seeding. Mow or cut stalks about an inch above the soil a month before planting other crops to allow the mulch time to decompose. If over-wintered, cut or mow any remaining stalks in early spring.
To prepare the seed before planting, simply open the seed bag and pour the inoculant packet in, close the seed bag and mix thoroughly.
Plant as normal - 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
The Soil Builder Mix includes these cover crops:
Indian Head Lentils
White Wonder Millet
Brown Top Millet
- Black Oil Sunflower
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