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Cheap bulk seeds for Canucks?

 
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Does anyone have a good source for purchasing cheap, bulk cover crop or biomass seeds in Canada (or even in the US with decent shipping)? I'd like to overseed my pasture with goodness: White clover, daikon, vetch, etc... I'm not even too concerned if the quality is weak (I'd rather pay peanuts for 50% germination than diamonds for 95% germination)...

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good place to start: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/resource/covercrp.htm

 
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I feel for you. Because of border restrictions, many nurseries and seed houses here in the US have quit shipping to CA.

St Lawrence Nursery is close to the CA border (in Potsdam, NY, +/- 30km from Ottawa), and grows all of his stock in zone 3-4, yet he has chosen to quit trying to play the US/CA border game. By doing so, he has eliminated the majority of his customers who actually need that hardy root stock.

I can understand authorities trying to protect existing crops, but when is enough, enough?

Bottom line: Do you live in an agricultural area? If so, go to the local feed/seed dealer and ask him "Can you order it for me?" Perhaps he has had customers request species before, but not a full 50# bag full. He doesn't want to buy a 50# bag, sell 10#, and have 40# turn to mould before he throws it away. If he knows that you want a quantity, you can probably buy it cheaper through him than through the internet - he is dealing with local wholesalers, and his shipping is a fraction of what you would pay to have somebody ship it from South Carolina.
 
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Kirk you can get fall rye and winter pea at Shar -Care in Courtenay. I think South Country feeds also has some too. Westcoast seeds has some cover crop seed as well. I bought a kilo( I think) of buckwheat for $10 if memory serves. They also have vetch, clover, rye etc. hope that helps:)
 
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Hello,
I'm ordering from these guys http://www.friendlyacres.sk.ca/ this year, they have tillage radish and a whole bunch of other stuff, and they will custom blend for you.
They also can get specialty stuff, so if you don't see what you're looking for, you can always email and ask.
Good luck, hopefully you can find something closer though.
Koren
 
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