Green Manure & Cover Crop Seeds
Comfrey is a perennial herb that produces continuous cut and drop mulch. The deep roots draw minerals from the soil that other plants can't reach up into their leaves. The leaves have a high N:C ratio and won't cause nitrogen draw-down when applied directly. Requires supplemental nitrogen, such as manure, to grow best. 8 seeds per packet.
Upright clover species growing to 50cm tall. Vibrant red flower spikes around 4cm long. Nitrogen fixing legume, sow in a fallow bed and slash to provide a nitrogen-rich mulch for the following crop. Won't regrow once cut but may self-sow if left to go to seed. Cool season annual or occasionally short-lived perennial. Approx 2000 seeds per packet.
Hunter River is a heritage lucerne variety with a low growth habit that makes it more suitable for stock grazing. Long growing seasons, will grow during Autumn and Spring as well as Winter. This variety can be susceptible to aphids. Approx 4250 seeds per packet.
Sequel is an open-pollinated lucerne variety with a tall growth habit and good resistance to aphids. Winter growing variety. Bushy perennial with purple flowers that attracts bees and beneficial insects. Shredded stems and leaves make a nitrogen-rich mulch. Seeds can be sprouted for alfalfa. 4250 seeds per packet.
Red Clover is a short-lived perennial with tight, round clusters of small pinkish-red flowers. The flowers attract bees to the garden. Nitrogen-fixing legume which can be used as a green manure between crops or to restore beds that are depleted of nitrogen. 10-12 weeks to maturity. Approximately 4900 seeds per packet.
White clover is a commonly grown perennial pasture crop. It is a legume able to fix atmospheric nitrogen, in turn feeding other plants once the leaves break down in the soil. White clover will die back during Summer and re-shoot from stolons in Autumn. The white flower heads are a favourite of honey bees. Approximately 4900 seeds per packet.