AB15 Autumn Sown Fallow 'LEGUME MIX'
If grass weed control is a consideration on arable land the 'non grass' AB15 mixture could be a useful option. The Legume only components will also boost soil fertility.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified JOSE common vetch||50.0||0.500|
|certified MILKY-MAX lucerne (rhizobium inoculated)||15.0||0.150|
|certified GLOBAL red clover||12.5||0.125|
|certified AURORA alsike clover||10.0||0.100|
|certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil||4.0||0.040|
|certified ALTASWEDE red clover||3.5||0.035|
|certified VIRGO PAJBJERG yellow trefoil||2.5||0.025|
|certified HEUSERS OSTSAAT crimson clover||2.5||0.025|
Alsike clover is a short term perennial that fixes nitrogen. It is a true clover, not a hybrid as the name suggests. Compared to many annual clovers it can be the slowest to flower after a spring sowing.
Birdsfoot Trefoil is a legume, it grows from a basal crown, with numerous stems that can vary from prostrate to erect in growth habit. In some parts of the country it is called the 'eggs and bacon' plant.
Birdsfoot Trefoil Species Guide Buy Birdsfoot Trefoil Straight
An annual legume and true clover, traditionally sown in the south east of England for over-winter sheep keep.
Late Flowering Red Clover
Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established itís capable of rapid growth and shows reasonably good persistence up to three years, although ongoing breeding work is being carried out to increase plant persistence. The 'single cut' or 'late' strains of red clover, notably the diploid variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering once per season, approximately 10 - 18 days later than the 'double cut' early strains.
Also known as alfalfa in the states, lucerne benefits animal health and soil fertility. It is a high protein forage crop which is usually grown on its own and is very good on drought-prone soils. It establishes relatively slowly, producing significantly more biomass in the second and third years. Lucerne should only be grown on free-draining, alkaline soil. Lucerne requires the correct strain of rhizobia (known as an inoculant) to efficiently fix atmospheric nitrogen and get the most growth.
Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established itís capable of rapid growth and shows reasonably good persistence up to three years, although ongoing breeding work is being carried out to increase plant persistence. The highest yielding strains of red clover are called 'double cut' varieties, normally providing quick regrowth after cutting and several flushes or cuts per season. The 'single cut' strains of red clover, notably the variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering approximately 10 days later than the 'double cut' strains.
Vetch is a well known legume also known as common vetch or tares. It scrambling, smothering growth habit and frost tolerance make it a very useful winter cover crop or green manure.
Yellow Trefoil / Black Medick
Yellow trefoil (also known as black medick) is a short lived annual/biennial legume, with a low growth habit making it a common choice for undersowing and soil improvement.
Yellow Trefoil / Black Medick Species Guide Buy Yellow Trefoil / Black Medick Straight