Winter Rye - Cover Crop Seeds


Second year maturity. Secale cereale. Open-pollinated. Annual. Heirloom. Non-GMO Organic winter rye cover crop is one of the most diverse and efficient performers in any garden. Heirloom winter rye seed is most popularly grown for its ability to replenish poor soils with vital nitrogen, while growing roots know to breakup heavy, compact, and clay-heavy soils. Open-pollinated winter rye can also be tilled back into the soil for natural "green manure" garden mulch, or harvest in the fall for traditional rolled, milled, or steel-cut heirloom rye berries. Wholesale seed packets and bulk seeds. ~1,125 seeds per ounce.  Contact us for Pallet Quantity Pricing.

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Growing Non-GMO Winter Rye Cover Crop Garden Seeds

About Winter Rye Cover Crop Garden Seeds

Like many cereal grains, winter rye cover crop is popularly broadcasted directly in early spring, or early fall for second year maturity, intended to overwinter. For a traditional garden harvest, sow 2-3 heirloom winter rye cover crop seeds ½" deep and 2-3" apart in fertile, loamy, and well-drained garden soil in full sun. Non-GMO winter rye seeds germinate in 4-10 days, with no thinning required. Secale cereale is a winter-hardy grain with no serious pests or diseases. If sown to harvest rye grains and berries, the harvest winter rye when heads of seeds have become dried, hard, and heavy.

Depending on size of crop, anything from a pair of scissors to a scythe would work to cut down winter rye for drying. Using twine, bunch up loose rye into a bale, about the size of a bundle of wood. Allow winter rye cover crop to dry for 2-3 weeks before harvesting rye berries. Like many grains of the Triticeae family, heirloom winter rye berries can be milled, rolled, steel-cut, and boiled for nearly any occasion.

Winter Rye Benefits

Non-GMO winter rye is popularly grown as a cover crop for its ability to transfer nitrogen back into depleted soils. Heirloom winter rye seeds are also grown to break up heavy, clay-rich soils to bolster erosion control while allowing future spring crops, especially root vegetables, to experience no soil competition. Winter rye is also known to slow down the germination process of surrounding weeds and plants, a trait known as allelopathy, which provides a strong defense against weed growth, unwanted reseeding, and invasive species. Heirloom winter rye is more tolerant to drought than other cereal grains and can act as a "green manure" mulch biomass is tilled back into the soil for Organic-rich spring garden soil.

Wholesale Non-GMO Winter Rye Cover Crop Seeds Per Package:

  • 1 oz - Approximately 1125 Seeds
  • 1 lb - Approximately 18,000 Seeds
  • 5 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 90,000 Seeds
  • 25 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 450,000 Seeds

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