J. Cardina wrote:I'm not asking for a specific place since most of them would be in another country not here in Canada but what *type* of place? I've yet to find any reasonably priced source for bulk cover crop / green manure seeds.
I've found lot's of suppliers of very small quantities at high prices (garden centers, internet shops, traditional retail seed companies) and lots of suppliers of extremely large quantities only at very high prices (farm supply places) but nothing on the scale of what you'd buy to cover a quarter acre or so of ground.
For example: alfalfa. Farm stores have it in giant containers for big dollars and don't sell small bags, sprouting places online have the closest but still pretty pricey for organic edible sprouting seeds, not what I need.
I see lots of green manure type web sites based out of the UK selling seeds at hobby farm sized packages but seemingly nowhere else.
Any pointers on where to look greately appreciated.
laura sharpe wrote:http://www.brettyoung.ca/html/forage-seed/index.cfm
google wholesale x seeds
Tom Reeve wrote:Not an endorsement. Covercropsolutions.com
Alder Burns wrote:What you need is what in the US we call a "feed and seed"....sort of a farm supply store cross nursery cross feed dealer. .
Judith Browning wrote:
Feed stores here carry bulk seed you can buy by the pound or fifty pound bag if they have it. They have always been willing to order me a bag of most anything...Last summer I bought fifty pounds of buckwheat for fifty dollars...It wil last me a few years but the seed keeps well. I wanted that much vetch too but it was two dollars a pound so I found another feed store that had it in bulk but sold you any amount. If you haven't already, maybe see about getting some place like that to special order if you are talking about fifty pounds at a time. I think alfalfa is just expensive anywhere. I think any area that has ranchers would have bulk cover crops at reasonable prices.
Judith Browning wrote:I did plant a pound of alfalfa this fall along with several clovers and some rye grass. The problem here is that blister beetles are attracted to alfalfa.
I wonder what amounts in bulk you are needing and what you consider high prices? Those prices you are finding might just be the going rate for that particular seed especially if long distance shipping is involved.
Shawn Aune wrote:The cheapest and most accessible bulk seed I've been able to find is to grow Food Plots for Deer.
I've found big bags of alfalfa, clovers, chicory, rye grass plus many more useful plants.