Wild and Free
Wild and Free for the earth, the insects, our senses, all soils and all seasons. A mix of oats, rye, vetch, blue lupins and crimson clover. Ideal as a compost/carbon crop that will build soil for the following crop, and support wider ecological health as well as bee and insect food
Weight: approx. 1kg – this collection covers approx. 80-100 sq. m of garden bed.
Description: A colourful mix of symbiotic annuals that grow easily and are easy to pull out for compost before your next crop goes in, or to cut off at ground level and lay down as mulch to plant through.. Ideal as a compost/carbon crop that will build soil for the following crop, and support wider ecological health as well as bee and insect food.
Planting Instructions: Sow in Autumn to overwinter or Sow In Spring when Winter beds are emptied. Simply harvest the crops for compost when you need the bed for the next seasons planting. Prepare your bed well, divide up seed in bag so that you have the correct amount for your bed and mix seed very very well. Scatter sow seed evenly over entire area then chop in with a rake, and cover with 70% shade cloth until the seedlings are poking through the cloth. Lift cloth carefully and cover again for a few more days then remove from bed and leave plants to grow.
Alternatively you could sow seed into the comfrey patch in early Spring and cover until established. I cover my comfrey patch with black plastic in August to kill all the grass and weeds. I would plant the seed when that comes off and cover with shade cloth then until established enough so the birds don’t get it all. If I was starting from scratch I would prepare a bed, and plant my Russian comfrey root cuttings at 40cm diagonal spacings in a bed and chop this seed in at 1 Tablespoon per 5 sq. m and cover with shade cloth until everything is well up.