Cool Season Annual Cover Crops (Fall) : Premium Soil Builder Mix
High nitrogen and organic matter yields, chokes weeds, attracts beneficials
Extraordinary yields of Nitrogen (up to 290 lb/acre) and organic matter (up to 49 tons/acre). Chokes out weeds and provides excellent habitat for beneficial insects. This mix was developed especially for vegetable rotations and general cool-weather cover cropping. Contains the highest-yielding winter-hardy legumes with cayuse oats added to stabilize the soil, and to nurse and scaffold the vetches.
Raw seed, requires Pea Vetch or Garden Combination Inoculant. Contains: Bell Beans, BioMaster Peas, Dunsdale Peas Purple Vetch, Cayuse Oats, Lana Vetch; and Common Vetch.
Cover crops are very independent plants and don't require much care apart from watering. Since you'll be mostly growing them in winter, they don't usually require watering. Keeping the soil moist during germination is important though.
If you find that birds are eating the seeds you've planted, trying covering the beds with row covers.
Generally you will incorporate the plants into the soil before they flower.
Most of these crops are not particularly drought tolerant and will need regular watering in dry climates (especially when germinating and getting established). However they are mostly grown during the winter when the soil is fairly moist, so don't usually require much irrigation.
You do not need to fertilize cover crop in established gardens, as there will be plenty of nutrients in the garden to meet their needs. Since you will be incorporating them back in to the soil, growing them doesn't remove any nutrients from the soil.
The leguminous cover crops also fix nitrogen and eventually add it to the soil.
Watering, regularlyWater, 0.5 inch(es), regularly, 2 times a week
Most cover crops need moist soil for best growth. This is normally supplied by mother nature, but if it isn't you will have to irrigate.
Protecting, after sowingNetting, after sowing, 1 time
In many areas birds will look upon your newly sown cover crop as a fall treat. They will actively search for the seed in the soil and eat the newly emerging shoots. In this case you may have to net the beds or use row covers.
Watering, after sowingWater, 1 inch(es), after sowing, 5 times a week
It is essential that the germinating seeds receive adequate water, so if it doesn't rain you will have to irrigate regularly.