Miscellaneous Crops

Phacelia
Phacelia

A prolific seeder, very fast to establish and good weed suppressant. It produces a mass of sweet smelling purple flowers providing a good source of nectar and seeds beneficial to a large variety of insects. It is not winter hardy and therefore for game cover it is best sown as part of a mixture. Phacelia is likely to set seed and reseed itself for many years to come.

Sowing Rate 3-4kg / Acre – Pack size 1 or 5kg

Quinoa
Quinoa

Quinoa is capable of producing a plentiful amount of seed and therefore is a popular choice of crop for holding partridge and pheasants. Many Species of seed eating song birds are also attracted to the crop. Commonly grown with kale, Quinoa provides cover and feed until it begins to collapse in the first frost with kale providing more permanent cover.

Sowing rate 2kg / Acre – Pack size 1kg

Borage
Borage

Borage, also known as starflower, is an annual herb, growing to a height of 2-3ft with bright blue flowers; there is also a white flowered variation. The crop was traditionally grown doe culinary and medicinal uses, although the crop is commercially grown to day for it oil content.

Sowing rate 5kg / Acre - Pack size 5kg

Buckwheat
Buckwheat

A rapidly growing short term crop highly attractive to pheasants, partridge and deer both as cover and feed. The large amount of nectar produced attracts bees and other beneficial insects which in turn provide added interest for game birds. It is useful component to add to mixtures due to its bulkiness and its ability to continue to provide holding cover and feed after the first frost when the crop has fallen. Buckwheat thrives best in the sun rather than shaded areas.

Sowing rate 20kg / Acre – Pack size 5kg

Yellow Blossom Clover
Yellow Blossom Clover

A biennial plant which can persist for several years due to it self-regenerating properties. Owing to it sweet smell and copious production of nectar it is highly attractive to insects, which in turn attract game birds and wildlife. Sowing with kale will help to provide cover in the first year, with tall woody-stemmed taking over in the second year. Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover can thrive in the poorest of soils and being leguminous and deep rooting it is invaluable for improving soil structure and fertility.

Sowing rate 2.5kg / Acre - Pack size 1kg

Gold of Pleasure
Gold Of Pleasure

Another crop well suited well suited to poorer and nutrient deficient soils. It is a fast maturing free-branching plant producing a seed very attractive to birds, especially partridge. A useful mixture for exposed areas is produced by combing Fold of Pleasure with Triticale, barley and linseed.

Sowing rate 5kg / Acre – Pack size 5kg

Mustard - White
White Mustard

A relatively inexpensive and highly versatile cover crop either sown alone or as a companion to other species. It is ideal for earlt cover and although killed off by frost, the fallen woody stems will create shelter for the birs below. This is especially useful when sown with seed producing species which alone would provide no cover. Popular as a green manure crop.

Sowing rate 5kg / Acre – Pack size 5kg or 25kg bags

Linseed
Linseed

Traditionally grown for its oil, Linseed had become very popular in recent years as game cover and is particularly attractive to partridge. It is an easy to grow crop and is tolerant of many soil types, performing well on thinner soils. Although not frost hardy it will continue to provide cover and interest well into the winter especially if sown as part of a mixture. It is also another option where Brassicas sickness has been a problem

Sowing rate 25kg / Acre – Pack size 25kg Chinook Treated

Perennial Chicory
Perennial Chicory

Creates tall, dense cover, bolting in its second year to create a 6-7ft flowering hedge, useful where a perimeter barrier is required. It has good tolerance to drought, acid soils and major pests (does not like wet ground) and has a high mineral content including Zinc, Potassium and Copper.

Sowing rate 5kg / Acre - Pack size 5kg

Fodder Radish
Fodder Raddish

A fast growing cover crop, its prime usefulness being where brassica sickness is a problem due to its immunity to the disease. Other qualities are it seed of establishment which aids weed suppression, and its use as a green manure crop. Due to its fast growth it is valuable as a replacement for failed crops. Fodder radish is not winter hardy but continues to provide cover right through the season. In addition it holds it seed in pods which shed in late winter / early spring, thus providing feed during that all important "hungry gap"

Sowing rate 2.5kg / Acre – Pack 5kg

Triticale
Triticale

A wheat/rye hybrid cereal providing good cover and feed in marginal low fertility areas where it will thrive with little input. Useful in situations where maize and millets are not options and where brassica sickness is a problem. Further important advantages are its ability to withstand rabbit attack, its winter hardiness and good disease resistance.

Sowing 50kg / Acre – pack size 25kg

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