One Year Winter Bird Food Survival Mixture 70% ORGANIC
OELS/HLS Codes: OF2 br>
br>This mixture should be sited on field margins or adjacent to hedges or woodland. It contains a good range of species which provides a food source for birds including finches and sparrows. It is also a good food source for smaller mammals. The mixture can be sown from late April until June. It is essential to sow into a warm, well-prepared seedbed which is free of weeds.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|commercial ORGANIC buckwheat||20.0||0.200|
|certfied ORGANIC spring wheat||20.0||0.200|
|certified ORGANIC mustard||15.0||0.150|
|certfied ORGANIC fodder radish||15.0||0.150|
|certified gold of pleasure||5.0||0.050|
|certified brown mustard||2.5||0.025|
This is a quick growing winter hardy brassica, sometimes known as Indian mustard. It has had more interest recently due to its ability to supress certain soil borne nematodes in high value cash crops like potatoes and sugar beet, it could potentially be an alternative way of dealing with pest without using artificial nematicides, using a technique called bio-fumigation.
This is a short term, aggressive weed suppressor. It is good at scavenging for phosphate in the soil, breaking it down and then making it available to subsequent crops after incorporation. It's especially useful in soils that suffer from phosphate lockup. With its quick growth, the plant can establish from seed in 8 - 10 weeks.
Also commonly known as oil radish, fodder radish is a brassica, it is not a legume but it will hold any residual nitrogen in the soil, which it will then release as it breaks down over time. This species is slower to flower and go to seed than mustard and produces a deeper root system.
Gold of Pleasure
Gold of Pleasure may also be known as camelina or false flax. It is a multi branched, seed bearing, member of the mustard family. Historically it has been cultivated as an agricultural crop. In the Uk it is generally used as a component of sown over-winter wild bird seed mixtures and game cover, due to its ability to produce lots of small seed bearing pods.
Quinoa has been cultivated for centuries for its small grains. Recently we have seen an emerging market to grow the crop in the Uk. While this market may expand, most commonly the plant is used as a seed bearing species for game covers and wild bird food mixtures under environmental stewardship.
Red millet is a warm season, cultivated grass species. It has been grown for centuries for it seed, as a forage and human consumption. In the UK it is generally used as a game cover component, or in a winter bird food mixture to provide food during the hungry gap, when natural resources are exhausted.
Wheat is one of the most widely produced cereals in the world, it is grown on more land than any other food crop. It is used for human consumption and livestock feed. The straw is a useful commodity bi product, normally used for livestock bedding.
White millet is a warm season, cultivated grass species. It has been grown for centuries for it seed, as a forage and human consumption. In the UK it is generally used as a game cover component, or in a winter bird food mixture to provide food during the hungry gap, when natural resources are exhausted.