I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.
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Organic Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover
Organic Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover
aka Ribbed Melilot, Field Melilot, Comilla Real, and Official Melilot.
This Yellow clover has blossoms with a characteristic sweet odor, blooming in the spring and summer. A drought survivor, it is the most tolerant of any cover crops that produce a similar biomass. Espescially resilient in its second year, it can do well in a dry spring, when the likelihood of being able to seed another cover crop is low. A member of the legume family, and treated with the rhizobium bacteria, you will have increased nitrogen production, and thus yield more, as a green manure.
Growing as an annual or biennial and reaching 4-6 feet high when mature, this clover is known to work very well as a fertilizer. With its high biomass and long roots pulling nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous to the surface, you can have increased yields to crops like corn over other common fertilizers.
This Sweet Clover has higher biomass production in warm weather than any other, including alfalfa. When planted in spring you can harvest from 3,000 to 3,500 lbs/acre. In its second year, this cultivar of sweet clover reaches its maximum potential and you can harvest an additional 4,500 lbs to 5,500 lbs/acre. Plants may reach 8 feet, with tap root penetrating 1 foot and side shoots as much as 5 feet, helping to aerate your soil, and making it ready for your vegetable or cereal crops.
Excelling as a source of Nitrogen, Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover is known as a traditional green manure crop in the Midwest, before the now overused nitrogen fertilizers were available. Producing around 100 lbs of Nitrogen per acre in a season, it is easy to understand its popularity. Given good fertility and rainfall, it has shown to achieve amounts of nitrogen as high as 290 lbs per acre.
Self-reseeding, thus useful to be grown on near-barren slopes, mining spoils, soils with low fertility, and along "rights of way". Can survive with as little as 6 inches of rainfall a year and at altitudes ranging from sea-level to 4,000 feet.
Also popular with Bees, Birds and many other foragers. Planting this clover will suport your local ecosystem, either by giving your Livestock grazing or hay, your bees and pollinators something to eat, or seed and stems for birds to feed on and build with. There have been yields of honey as high as 200 lbs per colony, and 2,000 to 6,000 pounds of hay production per acre.
Seed production fields utilizing natural pollinators yield between 50 and 100 pounds of seed per acre, while fields using one to two colonies of honey bees yield up to 700 pounds of seed per acre. Seeds can even be viable for up to 30 years!
Seeding rate: ~1/2 lb per 1,000 square ft
3-9 lb/acre -drilled
5-14 lb/acre -broadcast
Very productive, biennial clover for plowdown
Good scavenger of P, K, and other nutrients
Grows on clay pan soils or on sand
Tolerates low fertility and wet conditions
Biennial and should not bloom during the seedling year, but will flower, set seed and die the following year