Autumn 2012

Your Dryland Seed Specialist in New Zealand

Vineyard –Cover Crops- Sowing time

A traditional pure grass sowing in vineyards is neither up-to-date nor a healthy option in terms of the sustainable production of first class wine, NZ relies on in order to compete with the world market.

The secret to future success is taking care of a vital part in the growing system- the soil.

This doesn`t mean changing the conventional production method into the organic production system is a must, but sowing interrow cover-crops is one way to increase a healthy production of grapes with the help of nature.

Understood as a long term project, depending on your financial situation, you can start with 10-20% of cover-crop interrow sowing, alternating your rows each year.

 

General list benefits Cover Crops

Reduction of soil erosion
Addition of organic matter to soil
Weed suppression
Improved soil structure and water penetration, enhanced soil microbial population
Improved traction

N fixing Clover- Biomass 

 Prima gland clover 

 Insectary Blends

Conservation, ecosystem restoration, reducing risk associated with monocultures, increased beneficial insects for pollination, natural pest and disease control

  pure Buckwheat 

Example spring sowing

have a look at the list of seed that could go into your mix.

Biomass seed mix

      Insectary seed mix

Mustard
Plantain
Lucerne
Barley
Brome
Cocksfoot
Fescue
Oats
Ryegrass
 

           Alyssum
           Annual Clover
           Borage
           Buckwheat
           Chamomile
           Chicory
           Blue Lupin
           Mustard
           Phacelia
           Poppies
           Yarrow
           Herbs

Example autumn sowing

have a look at the list of seed that could go into your mix.

Biomass seed mix

        Insectary seed mix

Annual Clover
Sub Clover
Barley
Brome
Cocksfoot
Fescue
Oats
Ryegrass


           Alyssum
           Blue Lupins
           Chicory
           Clover
           Mustard
           Poppies
           Phacelia
           Yarrow

Autumn 2012

Autumn 2012

Autumn 2012

Autumn 2012