Eric Hanson wrote:Jack,
The reason I ask is that if you plan to garden or plant other crops then I would aim for annuals in your seed mix. I am a bit concerned about the use of clover. Please don’t misunderstand me, clover can be a great cropping and is wonderful for soil, but once you have it, you have it for good.
As a possible replacement, I was thinking about Austrian Winter Peas. These are annual legumes and will act much like clover will.
Eric Hanson wrote:What are your plans for the future of the ground you plan to seed? Will it be pasture? Are you simply looking for a ground cover to stop erosion? Do you want to put crops on it?
Jack Edmondson wrote:Bill,
It sounds like you have success similar to what I would like. As stated, it will be silvopasture; but I am striving for a polyculture and hoping the clover will give a 'carpet to cover the ground' under and around other plantings. I was initially leaning towards a dutch white as it would not shade out everything else; but will have to do more research. The crimson will give me what I need for this season with no downside risk.
I plan to no till. I want to experiment using equipment to lightly scratch the surface no deeper than an inch to plant pasture crops. For now, I will stick with small seed that can be incorporated on the surface to a half an inch. In the spring I plan to let the heat terminate the crop. In the fall, I will likely broadcast and cultipack so the residue helps set the next crop.
When you planted peas what depth did you plant. From what I can gather "too deep" seems to be the most common mistake. Since I am not working the ground, that should not be a problem for me. However in the spring I plan to try larger seeds, like Sunn Hemp and Cow Pea. I want to make sure I am not too shallow. Thoughts or experiences?
Thank you for your input. Great idea on the polyculture