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Other Cover Crops

These cover crop species, can be used on their own or combined with other crops to achieve maximum benefits within crop rotations. We welcome enquiries for bespoke mixtures and have expert staff on hand to offer advice. Feel free to call 01205 280069 or email info@bostonseeds.co.uk 


For more information on cover crops and the EnviroSeeds range view our brochure.


Blue Lupin (Lupinus augustifolious)

Lupin is a highly efficient nitrogen fixer with a very aggressive taproot which grows deep into the soil and retrieves nutrients usually unavailable to other species. 

  • Deep taproot breaks soil compaction and retrieves nutrients 
  • Well adapted for acid soils but grows in soils up to pH 8
  • Highly efficient at fixing nitrogen and extracting phosphorus from the soil 
  • Can be cut for hay and high quality silage
  • Sowing rate: 25kg per acre

Borage Seed (Borago officinalis)

Borage is a nectar rich, annual flower which produces abundant amounts of easily broken down material that can be incorporated into the soil.

  • Nectar rich helping to boost pollinator numbers to benefit future crops
  • Rapid breakdown once incorporated into the soil, releasing accessible nutrients 
  • Deep taproots break apart soil compaction helping improve drainage and aeration 
  • Wide fibrous root network protects soil from erosion 
  • Sowing rate: 12.5kg / ha

LIFAGO Buckwheat Seed (Fagopyrum esculentum)

Buckwheat is a fast growing annual crop, with a dense canopy for excellent weed suppression.  Buckwheat scavenges phosphates, helping to reduce leaching. 

  • Rapid establishment and growth makes it an ideal short season crop
  • Dense canopy works efficiently as an excellent weed suppressant
  • Nectar rich, helping boost pollinators and other beneficial insects
  • Scavenges phosphates from the soil for future crops
  • Sowing rate: 70kg / ha

    Linseed Seed (Linum usitatissimum)

    Traditionally grown for its oil, Linseed (Flax) is becoming popular for use as a cover crop to help control black grass and broad leaved weeds.

    • Very quick and early to mature, generating excellent yields
    • Strong reputation for producing high yields in following wheat crops
    • Performs well on thin soils. Not frost hardy
    • Provides interest well into the winter, particularly sown with other species
    • Sowing Rate: 50kg / ha

    Lucerne Seed (Medicago sativa)

    Lucerne is a longer term perennial clover which fixes large amounts of nitrogen from the air to enrich the soil.

    • A longer term perennial clover which fixes large quantities of nitrogen
    • Widely used for green manure
    • Large tap root which is ideally suited to light and chalky soils as well as dry climates.
    • Seed is supplied inoculated with rhizobium bacteria
    • Sowing rate: 25kg / ha

    Phacelia Seed (Phacelia tanacetifolia)

    Phacelia is a prolific seed producer, very fast to establish and an excellent source of pollen and nectar. This makes it attractive to both insects and wild birds.

    • A popular green manure crop which is an excellent weed suppressor
    • Establishes fast and matures within 10-12 weeks
    • Produces a large root mass making the plant an excellent soil improver
    • Will produce a multitude of flowers - loved by bees and other insects
    • Sowing rate: 5-8kg / ha

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