Pisum sativum, Avena satvia
This hardworking duo provide the soil with nutrients and organic material, all while helping to suppress weeds. Pea plants fix nitrogen and help condition the topsoil, all while attracting pollinators and other beneficial insects. Oats hold the nitrogen, provide organic material, and suppress weeds. Peas and oats grow heartily in the cool weather of fall but are killed by the cold temperatures in winter (USDA zones 7 and colder) and won’t regrow in the spring. The dead plant material provides an excellent winter mulch that helps prevent soil erosion throughout the winter months. Prefers full sun exposure. Peas grow on 3′-5′ vines and oats grow up to 4′ tall. Botanical Interests’® Soil Builder Peas and Oats Cover Crop Seeds are USDA Organic and have been verified by The Non-GMO Project.
This packet sows up to approximately 80 square feet.
50-70 days to maturity.
Outdoors: In spring, sow as soon as soil can be worked, and soil temperature is at least 40°F. In fall, sow 6-8 weeks before first fall frost date, and when temperatures are below 80°F. In mild climates, sow in fall or winter for growth during the cool season.
Indoors: Not applicable.
What is an heirloom seed?
An heirloom variety is one that has been passed down from generation to generation. Generally, the variety must have been around for at least 50 years. They are open-pollinated, which means they have been exposed to natural pollination methods like insects or winds. They aren’t hybrids or genetically modified.