Bees and people love these classic, sweet-scented cover crops. Choose perennials for pasture, herb gardens, paths, lawns, and permanent erosion control. Annuals are better for garden beds, wehre you want to plant with something later.
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFO: Perennial in Zones 4 and above/ Matures 17-26/ Harvest 2/ Spacing 5"
DAYS TO MATURITY:
SEED CODE: C
SEEDS PER PACKET: 2,500, plants 220 sq ft
APPROXIMATE GERMINATION DAYS: 10-14
SOIL TEMPERATURE FOR GERMINATION: 68F
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4-1/2"
WHEN TO PLANT: Spring and Fall
PACKET INSTRUCTIONS: Need adequate Calcium and Phosphorous to perform well. Likes neutral to alkaline loams, but pretty tolerant of heavy, poorly drained soils. If broadcasting, overseed by a third and cover seed 2-3 times its width with soil and firm down. Protect from birds if needed, and water to establish, especially with severe frosts. Requires 17" of rainfall per year if not irrigated.
BOTANICAL NAME: Melilotus alba
DESCRIPTION: This clover grows throughout the United States but drought resistant and winter hardy through USDA Zone 4. Here the clover grows wild along waterways. Its sweet fragrance can be found long before coming upon the plant itself.
Upright biennial often used for poor soils. Outstanding bee plant or attractant for other beneficial insects. Drought resistant and winter hardy through zone 4. Takes a wide range of soils and climates, and will pierce through subsoil. pH 6.5 or higher. It can fix up to 125lbs of Nitrogen/acre. Grazing animals love it. Grows very tall--to six feet. 220 sq ft.