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Favorite cover crop seed source?

 
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I have 1/2 acre tilled and need to seed with some cover crop asap. Anyone have a cover crop source they trust that's affordable as well?
 
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Black eyed peas are on clearance in grocery stores right now.
 
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Any type of bean/peas at the supermarket that cost $1 or $2/lbs vs the usually $12/lbs for seeds.
When it comes to seeds in general I like bountifulgarden and fedco seeds.

http://www.bountifulgardens.org/products.asp?dept=276
 
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Here's a source I found that is similar to grocery bulk bin prices. http://www.greencoverseed.com/ (BTW, I had already stocked up on buckwheat and beans from the bulk bins).
 
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Buckwheat is one of my favorites and I buy a 50 # bag every few years to sow everywhere. It is $1.00 a pound at our local feed store. Other cover crops like mustards, turnips, clovers, vetch and rye grass I buy there also but only a pound or so at a time. This seed is untreated but not organic. Some like fava, soybean, wheat, and others we order in 5 to 25# bags through our local organic food buying cooperative.
 
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Does the hulled buckwheat they sell for eating grow as well as the unhulled they sell for planting?

You may want to plant a mix of ground covers. Many do better as a blend and then you're covered if conditions aren't right for one to thrive.
 
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Renate Haeckler wrote:Does the hulled buckwheat they sell for eating grow as well as the unhulled they sell for planting?

You may want to plant a mix of ground covers. Many do better as a blend and then you're covered if conditions aren't right for one to thrive.



The buckwheat I buy is unhulled intended for planting...I don't think I would expect hulled to work as well. Sometimes my seed is sitting on the surface waiting for rain for a while and I think the hull protects it.. I totally agree with a mix...better all around and more fun to look at...but my buckwheat seems to do better sown thickly all alone.
 
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I plant hulled buckwheat I buy from the bulk bin in my food coop. Works fine.
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