Soil Builder Peas and Oats Cover Crop Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

#7609
This packet sows approximately 80 square feet.
Availability: In Stock
This hardworking combination of field peas and oats is a legume and grass cover crop that quickly benefits the soil with nutrients and organic material, while helping suppress weeds. 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 flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects. Oats hold nitrogen, provide organic material, and suppress weeds. When sown in the fall, the oats and peas benefit from the cool weather but are killed by the cold temperatures of winter (in USDA zones 7 and colder) 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.
$3.29 65 grams

Botanical Name: Pisum sativum, Avena sativa

Days to Maturity: 56 days

Family: PEAS: Fabaceae; OATS: Poaceae

Native: PEAS: Africa, Asia, Europe. OATS: Unknown

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annuals

Plant Dimensions: PEAS: 3'–5' vines OATS: 4' tall

Variety Information: Soil Builder is most beneficial when grown as a fall cover crop. In fall, the oats and peas benefit from the cool weather but are killed by winter cold and do not regrow in spring. The dead plant material provides a wonderful winter mulch that helps prevent soil erosion and will be ready to till into the garden as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Field peas are climbing vines. Oats produce tall grass-like plants. The peas and oats in this mix are best used as a cover crop and are not good as edible varieties.

Exposure: Full sun

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. Mild Climates: Sow in fall or winter for growth during the cool season.

When to Start Inside: Not applicable.

Days to Emerge: 7–14 days

Seed Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: Scatter seeds about 3" apart

Thinning: Not required

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Soil Builder Peas and Oats Cover Crop Seeds Reviews

3 reviews
Cover crop: Soil builder peas & oats
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It works! I took over the management of a vegetable garden at my church and found the soil to be severely depleted of nutrients and void of life. I sowed Botanical Interests Soil Builder Peas & Oats Cover Crop and let it do it's thing and when I turned it in (about 3-4 months later) the soil was rich and alive with life! I'm a new fan of green manures, especially the Soil Builder Peas & Oats! Thanks for a great product.
Vicki

ORGANIC SEEDS
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I HAVE PURCHASED SEEDS FROM YOU FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW AND HAVE FOUND THEM TO BE OF THE BEST QUALITY AND I ENJOY THE PACKAGES YOU PUT THEM IN AS WELL AS THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE WITH EACH PACKAGE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!!
JUDY MARGESON

Works for raised beds too
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We have raised beds, so putting in a cover crop can be awkward to deal with in the spring. You just can't stick a roto-tiller up there and work everything in. We planted the Soil Builder Peas and Oats in the fall, they grew for a few weeks, then died back with the hard frost. This was as stated and as expected. Now we can easily turn the soil with a potato rake and work the remains of the cover crop into the soil. Love this stuff! We would recommend it for anyone with raised beds who isn't sure how to take advantage of cover crops when your soil is a foot or 2 up in the air. Gardens on the ground will love it too.
PL

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