Cool season legume cover crop.
Extraordinary yields of Nitrogen (up to 290 lb/acre) and organic matter (up to 49 tons/acre). Chokes out weeds and provides excellent habitat for beneficial insects.
We developed this mix especially for vegetable rotations and general cool-weather cover cropping.
Soil Builder is not filled with cheap grasses like other mixes. Contains the highest-yielding winter-hardy legumes with cayuse oats added to stabilize the soil, and to nurse and scaffold the vetches.
Grows to 4'-6'. Seed at 3-5 lb/1000 sq ft, or 70-120 lb/acre at a depth of 3/4 to 1 in September or October.
In coastal or cool summer zones, Soil Builder can be spring-planted.
Raw seed, requires Pea Vetch or Garden Combination Inoculant. Formulation may vary based on availability. Currently the mix contains: Bell Beans, BioMaster Peas, Arvika peas, Purple Vetch, Hairy Vetch, Common Vetch and Cayuse Oats
I've used this as a winter cover crop (in both Las Vegas, NV & Charlotte, NC) on vegetable beds in rotation since 1999. It's plenty cold hardy under Quick Hoops in Zone 7. I love it!Review by NC Drew (on 4/14/12)