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Best Place to Buy Cover Crops

 
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I'm familiar with Peaceful Valley (groworganic.com) and Fedco Seeds, but does anyone know another organic cover crop seed company that is a bit more affordable? Trying to get something full of dynamic accumulators and nitrogen fixers for our food forest. We're in a mediterranean/temperate riparian climate in Southern California (20 frosts a year, 1 deep freeze).
 
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I haven't found one source for everything, and most affordable really changes based on amount you want to buy.

How much seed are you looking at total?

 
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Earlier this year I bought a 50 lb bag of dutch white clover from Seed World for $150 plus $20 shipping. I'm not sure if they are organic, but they're far less expensive than Fedco and Peaceful Valley. The seedworld stuff comes nitrocoated, which is also the way Peaceful Valley sells some of their clover.
 
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Wood Prairie has organic cover crops. I haven't checked out Johnny!s but I would think that they would carry them too.
 
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Nick Heyming wrote:dynamic accumulators and nitrogen fixers



Roll your own - http://www.johnnyseeds.com/c-4-farm-seed.aspx or http://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-cover-crop-seeds.html or https://www.horizonherbs.com/group.asp?grp=3. Make sure to get appropriate inoculants for the legumes. Other than the alfalfa, you won't find much in the way of dynamic accumulators at the first two sources. As well as cover crops, Horizon Herbs also sells Bocking 4 & 14 comfrey, Chenopodium album , Urtica dioica, Taraxacum officinale, Rumex crispus, Cichorium intybus.

For designing a complex system of medicinal, culinary, soil building/feeding herbaceous plants, it's hard to beat Horizon Herbs.
 
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I have had excellent results with Albert Lea Seeds in MN.

http://www.alseed.com

They have both Organic and non-organic varieties and many pre-mixed green manure and forage mixes.

I have used their nitromax mix of oats, peas, and tillage radishes and it is awesome. Seed it in August and it will totally winter kill. The daikon radishes get huge and melt away in the spring.

I also used one of their pasture mixes for increased diversity in my annual grazing lanes and will have a better idea of how that is working next year. This mix includes:
20% BG34 Barenbrug Perennial Ryegrass
15% Milkway Fescue Blend
15% Ginger Grazing Bluegrass
5% Birdsfoot Trefoil*
2.5% Alice White Clover 15% Smooth Bromegrass*
15% Spring Green Festulolium
10% Baridana Orchardgrass
2.5% Chicory*

All of their seed mixes are available in 50# bags for large scale use but if you call them they will happily put 5#'s in a bag and send it out with minimal price per pound difference.

Excellent selection, commercial level prices and super easy to work with. Plus family owned and operated from Minnesota...
 
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I have had good experiences with OutsidePride.com, they have a pretty good selection and some good mixes.
 
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