Cover Crop Seeds
Cover crop seeds are highly dynamic and versatile in nature, they are also known as temporary plants which are planted for a reason. Their basic aim is to provide nutrients to the soil they grow in.
Cover crops are placed in the empty spaces of the land to typically cover the whole bed surface. Once the cover crops are set, they become healthy solutions to common problems like soil erosion, nutrient-thin soils, weeds, and more. They enrich the soil fertility and also improve the water retention power of the soil. Also, they are perfect options for grazing animals too.
Covers crops are to be planted at various times which depends on how and where you want them to grow. The performance of the cover crops also depends on the climatic conditions; certain plants perform better in the cold season whereas others thrive best in summers.
At Swell Seed, the available garden cover crop seed mixture is a blend of some great options like Peas, Buckwheat, and Beardless Barley. Being excellent options for planting between seasons, these garden cover crops bring back the nutrients to the soil and also cover the ground to prevent problems like erosion.
Types of Cover Crops
There are many varieties of plants that can be used as cover crops. Always have a basic understanding of different types to decide what’s right for your plantation. Three primary categories of cover crops fall into two different groups winter-killed, and winter-hardy. The categories are:
- Brassicas: include arugula, mustard, radish, taproots, and more.
- Grains and Grasses: it includes cereal grains such as barley, buckwheat, oats, rye, and wheat
- Legumes: Legumes are considered flowering plants and include field peas, crimson clover, hairy vetch, and more.
At Swell Seed, the cover crops are ethically harvested and contain the highest quality ingredients. They are Glyphosate Free and germinate in about 7-10 days. With a seeding rate of 55 pounds/acre, Swell Seed company’s cover crop seeds yield the best results.
Cover Crop Growing Guide
Cover crops are planted based on the variety of plants; certain plants perform better in summers whereas others thrive best in a cold environment.
How to Plant Cover Crops
Cover crops are typically planted just like any other seeds directly in the ground. The most common time of plantation begins at the end of the growing season and before the onset of winters. It is usually done after the summer crops have been harvested.
When Do You Plant Cover Crops?
Cover crops are planted according to the best-suited time in your location and also depend on the season you want them to grow in. Certain plants like buckwheat, cowpeas, millet, and soybeans perform best in summer whereas others like red clover, forage radish, hairy vetch, and winter wheat thrive best in winter.