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Cover Crop & Seeds

The use of cover crops is a strategy that all gardeners should pursue regardless of whether you are growing in a small patio planter or in a large back yard space. The benefits of a cover crop are many. They provide weed control, can provide a nitrogen source and help build organic matter which in turn increases soil structure.

All during these processes they scavenge and cycle nutrients from deeper down within the soil making them available to the root zone. In addition, seeds can be sprouted and blended up with water to make an enzyme rich foliar spray that is readily absorbed by the plants leaves.

6 seed blend

6 seed blend

This mix is equal parts Buckwheat, Barley, Alfalfa, Clover, Lentil & Fenugreek. It provides a great range of recommended plants to create a diverse cover crop mix. Never letting the top of your soil sit naked is one of the more valuable things you can do to help build and keep a healthy soil biology. The living plant roots are continuously interacting with the microbiology in the soil, feeding this biology through root exudates, which then results in valuable nutrients in the soil being transformed into bioavailable nutrients.

1 lb $12.99
Alfalfa Seed

Alfalfa Seed

Organic, Non-GMO, Canada

Kelp/alfalfa tea is a classic feed for your plants made of two special dynamic accumulators. Both kelp and alfalfa store nutrients that they pull out of their environment in their leaves and plant structure. The array of micro nutrients that kelp pulls out of the ocean is indeed substantial, and alfalfa is impressive in its own right. Alfalfa though also has the added benefit of a growth hormone called tricontanol, which is an auxin, or proven growth stimulant for plants. Combined into a tea and soaked or bubbled, these two create a powerhouse of plant nutrition.

Simply take 1/2 cup of alfalfa and a 1/4 cup of kelp, and soak this or bubble it in 5 gallons of water for 48 hours. If you soak, then make sure you stir the tea a few times a day. On established plants, you can apply this directly as a drench. On newly emerged plants, use at 1/2 the strength. The benefits to the plants are many, and your soil microbes will love you!

1lb $16
Buckwheat

Buckwheat

1 lb $7
Crimson Lentil

Crimson Lentil

Organic, Non-GMO, Canada

1lb $8
Fenugreek

Fenugreek

Organic, Non-GMO, Canada

1lb $10
Hulless Barley

Hulless Barley

Organic, Non-GMO, Canada

1lb $2.50
Organic Malted Barley 2-row

Organic Malted Barley 2-row

Malted barley has already gone through a sprouting process and you will not be able to sprout this. You should use this product for top dressing and mixing into your soil.

1lb $3.25
Red Clover

Red Clover

Organic, Non-GMO, Canada

1lb $16
Sprouting Bag & Tray

Sprouting Bag & Tray

Shortly after seeds have begun to sprout and send out the first rootlet, their hormone, enzyme and cytokinin content sharply increases. We can take advantage of this by sprouting seeds that are then put into a blender, ground into a fine liquid, mixed with water and then used as a foliar spray on our plants. The benefits of this is considerable, as the cytokinins help to increase the girth and tinsel strength of the side branch development, and the enzymes are fundamentally critical for every function at the cellular level. They also are a great contribution to the micro activity in the soil.

We offer a sprouting tray and a convenient hemp sprouting bag that will assist in obtaining a healthy start to the sprouting process. Make sure that you rinse cold water over the sprouts a couple times, without letting the sprouts sit in standing water. Once the root has emerged and is 1/4" to 1/2" long, it is time to make into tea.

When ground up in a blender of water, this mix is then used at an approximate rate of 1 cup per gallon of fresh water for a root drench or foliar.

Hemp bag $19
Tray $29