Cover Crop Seeds
Cover Crop Seed Blend for Home Gardens
When late summer arrives you may be ready to rest, but your soil is not! All gardens benefit from the use of cover crops, or “green manures” planted at the end of the season. Tilling, weeding, harvesting, and foot traffic tends to destroy soil structure. Planting cover crops is an easy way to revitalize the soil. Garden cover crop mixes help to reduce erosion and compaction, and increase water infiltration in soil. Cover crops help retain minerals normally leached from your soil over the winter. Densely planted cover crops will suppress perennial and winter annual weed growth. The top growth and roots add organic matter to the garden soil. The cover crop’s root system also opens passageways that help improve air and water movement and supports microbial life. This microbial life works synergistically with the roots, bacteria and fungi to improve soil health. Reducing soil erosion and nutrient leaching also improves the water quality within your watershed. Planting a winter-kill seed mix is an excellent way to get acquainted with cover crops.
To buy your cover crop seeds, look no further than our office for your cover crop seeds! Portage SWCD has partnered with Walnut Creek Seeds to offer a fall cover crop seed mix that is well suited to Northeast Ohio.
Important Information and Dates
Seeds are available for sale at our office while supplies last. For best results, the fall cover mix should be inter-planted with your fall crops between August 15th and September 15th.
This 6-seed blend is available in 5lb bags for $18.00 or 10lb bags for $28.00. There is 200-300 square feet of coverage per pound of seed.
Ann Brandt of Walnut Creek Seeds will be coming to speak about cover crops and no-till practices in the garden this spring. Learn more HERE.
Check back this summer for our 2019 Cover Crop Seed order form.