Growing arable crops continuously can have a serious impact on soil condition. In these circumstances soil can lose structure and organic matter, becoming more compact and harder to cultivate. Clays run together and sands can literally blow away. Perhaps most serious of all, its potential to ...

Native seed vital in ELS/HLS mixes.

Posted: 15th February 2012

When our customers order mixtures for ELS and HLS prescriptions they often ask us whether our seed is 'native'. This is because Natural England stipulates the use of native seed in mixtures used for environmental schemes. To ensure we comply with these regulations, all the ...
Farmers, academics and seed merchants - including Cotswold Seeds - are brought together in a new video explaining the benefits of species-rich pasture. These advantages include increased nutritional value, drought resistance, healthier milk and meat products as well as huge ...

What is Persian Clover?

Posted: 6th February 2012

Persian clover (Trifolium resupinatum) is an annual which is widely used across Europe. It is less common in the UK but can be a useful forage plant. It grows on most soils, even heavy types, and on slighty acidic to alkaline pHs. As a clover it is, of course, a nitrogen fixer. According to work ...

Should you roll your newly sown grass?

Posted: 1st February 2012

Winter frosts can lift soil over the winter leaving the roots of young grass and legume plants explosed and vulnerable to winter kill. Rolling these fields in late winter will consolidate the soil around the roots and promote the health of the ley. Rolling should be done when the crop is still ...

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