Cover Crop Soil Builder Peas/Oats Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds (LG)

Cover Crop Soil Builder Peas/Oats Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds (LG)

Pisum sativum/Avena sativa

Item #7609


56 days. This hardworking combination of field peas and hulled oats is a legume and grass cover crop that quickly benefits the soil with nutrients and green matter, while helping suppress weeds. A great cover crop for established gardens, the mix is also perfect for improving areas being turned into gardens such as lawns and vacant lots. Pea plants fix nitrogen and condition the topsoil while the pea flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects. As an added benefit, the young pea shoots and tendrils are edible and can be used in salads or as a soup topping. Oats hold nitrogen, provide green matter, and provide support for the pea vines.

Soil Builder is best grown as a fall cover crop but can also be grown in spring. When sown in the fall, the oats and peas benefit from the cool weather but are killed by the cold temperatures of winter and won't regrow in the spring. The dead plant material provides a wonderful winter mulch that helps prevent soil erosion and is ready to be tilled into the garden as soon as soil can be worked in the spring.

This packet sows 70 square feet (7' x 10' planting area).

Days to Emerge:
7-14 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:

Not required

When to sow outside: Fall: 6 to 8 weeks before first fall frost, and when temperatures are below 80°F. Spring: As soon as soil can be worked and soil temperature is at least 40°F.

When to start inside: Not applicable.

Artist: Donna Clement

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