One of the main ways to get on the road to renewing your soil’s health is to incorporate cover crops into your crop rotation. We handle several quality cover crop seed varieties, cover crop coaching and advice for your soil health renewal.
Oil Radish, with multi-resistance
Don't get fooled by any imitation that are actually increasing the counts of BCN (Beet Cyst Nematodes) like Til....... Radish or other vegetable radish.
As brassica's relatives, they will multiply a great variety of nematodes (BCN, Root Knot, Northern & Southern Root Knot, Stem and Bulb, as well as Root Lesion Nematodes), only multi resitant tested varieties, will combate thus neatodes and decrease diseases like Corky Ring Spot, Rhizoctonia, take-all in grain, Pythium and most importantly Clubroot.
Our variety is nematode-resistant. It means that it is specified to reduce the beet cyst nematodes (Heterodera schachtii). The catch crops attracts the larvae inside cysts with an active hatching stimulation lying in the soil to move into the roots of mustard and oil radish. Within the nematode-resistant mustard and radish varieties the nematodes are not able to develop to females: the immigrated larvae die or become male.
Multi-resistant varieties are those which in addition are able to reduce gall-inducing, free-living and virus-transmitting nematodes.
Phacelia, California Bluebell
Phacelia is not related to our cultivated plants and interrupts crop-rotation diseases. As a crop grazed by bees, it is a further source of nectar during the summer times when little food is available for them.
Buckwheat (Mancan type)
Buckwheat is a fast-growing summer annual that can be used to protect the soil and suppress weeds for a month or two between spring and fall cash crops. It grows fairly well on acid and low phosphorus soils. It decomposes rapidly and is easy to incorporate, but does not contribute a lot of organic matter to the soil. Mow or incorporate at flowering, prior to setting seed so it does not become a weed in subsequent crops. Grows well in low soil pH. To smother weedy fields, some growers plant two successive crops of buckwheat followed by winter rye. Do not allow buckwheat to go to seed prior to plow-down.
Borage (Borago officinalis), also known as starflower, bee bush, bee bread, and bugloss, is a medicinal herb with edible leaves and flowers. In my garden, borage and sunflowers share the honor of being bee hot-spots. It's not only a favorite plant of the honey bees, but also bumble bees and small, native bees.
The flowers, stems and leaves of borage are edible and have many use in the kitchen. ... The leaves have a mild cucumber taste. Young leaves can be eaten raw in salads, chopped into cream cheese or yoghurt, added to stocks, soups and stews and used in place of lettuce in sandwiches