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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