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{"id":9983322888,"title":"Winter Rye - Cover Crop Seeds","handle":"winter-rye-seeds","description":"\u003cp\u003eSecond year maturity. \u003cem\u003eSecale cereale\u003c\/em\u003e. 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.  \u003cem data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e*\u003c\/em\u003e\u003ca data-mce-fragment=\"1\" href=\"https:\/\/www.trueleafmarket.com\/pages\/shipping-information#pallet\" target=\"_blank\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/www.trueleafmarket.com\/pages\/shipping-information#pallet\"\u003e\u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003ePallet orders\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e require 1 week for processing before shipping.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eRead more about Cover Crops:\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.trueleafmarket.com\/pages\/cover-crop\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e Get Your Free Cover Crop Growing Guide!\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!--split--\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eGrowing Non-GMO Winter Rye Cover Crop Garden Seeds\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eLatin Name:\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cem\u003eSecale cereale\u003c\/em\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eCommon Names:\u003c\/strong\u003e Common rye\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eWinter Rye Hardiness Zones:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2-11, Annual\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eDays to Maturity:\u003c\/strong\u003e 335 days (if sown in winter for spring germination)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eWinter Rye Seeding Rate:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2-4 lb per 1000 sq. ft\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eSeed Planting Depth:\u003c\/strong\u003e Broadcast directly and lightly tamp\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eGrowth Habit:\u003c\/strong\u003e Non-GMO winter rye seeds mature into a classic 30-40\" tall grassy wheat field grain\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eWinter Rye Soil Benefits:\u003c\/strong\u003e Replenishes nitrogen into the soil, roots loosen soil to improve tilth, drainage, and weeds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eGrow Temp Preference:\u003c\/strong\u003e 35-65° F\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eGarden Light Preference:\u003c\/strong\u003e Full sun\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003ePests\/Diseases\/Troubleshooting:\u003c\/strong\u003e Non-GMO \u003cem\u003eSecale cereale\u003c\/em\u003e is a winter-hardy grain with no serious pests or diseases.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eColor:\u003c\/strong\u003e Classic light green field grain that turns to golden brown in summer and fall\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eWinter Rye Mow:\u003c\/strong\u003e When growing as a cover crop, mow down winter rye before it begins to seed, tilling grass back into soil a month before sowing a new spring crop.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eAbout Winter Rye Cover Crop Garden Seeds\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLike 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. \u003cem\u003eSecale cereale\u003c\/em\u003e 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDepending 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. 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Wholesale seed packets and bulk seeds. ~1,125 seeds per ounce.  \u003cem data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e*\u003c\/em\u003e\u003ca data-mce-fragment=\"1\" href=\"https:\/\/www.trueleafmarket.com\/pages\/shipping-information#pallet\" target=\"_blank\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/www.trueleafmarket.com\/pages\/shipping-information#pallet\"\u003e\u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003ePallet orders\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e require 1 week for processing before shipping.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eRead more about Cover Crops:\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.trueleafmarket.com\/pages\/cover-crop\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e Get Your Free Cover Crop Growing Guide!\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!--split--\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eGrowing Non-GMO Winter Rye Cover Crop Garden Seeds\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eLatin Name:\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cem\u003eSecale cereale\u003c\/em\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eCommon Names:\u003c\/strong\u003e Common rye\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eWinter Rye Hardiness Zones:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2-11, Annual\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eDays to Maturity:\u003c\/strong\u003e 335 days (if sown in winter for spring germination)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eWinter Rye Seeding Rate:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2-4 lb per 1000 sq. ft\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eSeed Planting Depth:\u003c\/strong\u003e Broadcast directly and lightly tamp\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eGrowth Habit:\u003c\/strong\u003e Non-GMO winter rye seeds mature into a classic 30-40\" tall grassy wheat field grain\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eWinter Rye Soil Benefits:\u003c\/strong\u003e Replenishes nitrogen into the soil, roots loosen soil to improve tilth, drainage, and weeds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eGrow Temp Preference:\u003c\/strong\u003e 35-65° F\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eGarden Light Preference:\u003c\/strong\u003e Full sun\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003ePests\/Diseases\/Troubleshooting:\u003c\/strong\u003e Non-GMO \u003cem\u003eSecale cereale\u003c\/em\u003e is a winter-hardy grain with no serious pests or diseases.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eColor:\u003c\/strong\u003e Classic light green field grain that turns to golden brown in summer and fall\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eWinter Rye Mow:\u003c\/strong\u003e When growing as a cover crop, mow down winter rye before it begins to seed, tilling grass back into soil a month before sowing a new spring crop.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eAbout Winter Rye Cover Crop Garden Seeds\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLike 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. \u003cem\u003eSecale cereale\u003c\/em\u003e 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDepending 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 \u003cem\u003eTriticeae\u003c\/em\u003e family, heirloom winter rye berries can be milled, rolled, steel-cut, and boiled for nearly any occasion.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eWinter Rye Benefits\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNon-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 \u003cem\u003eallelopathy\u003c\/em\u003e, 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWholesale Non-GMO Winter Rye Cover Crop Seeds Per Package:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e5 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 90,000 Seeds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e25 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 450,000 Seeds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNon-GMO Winter Rye cover crop seeds are available for \u003cstrong\u003eFast Free Shipping\u003c\/strong\u003e on orders over $45.\u003c\/p\u003e"}
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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.  * Pallet orders require 1 week for processing before shipping.

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Growing Non-GMO Winter Rye Cover Crop Garden Seeds

  • Latin Name: Secale cereale
  • Common Names: Common rye
  • Winter Rye Hardiness Zones: 2-11, Annual
  • Days to Maturity: 335 days (if sown in winter for spring germination)
  • Winter Rye Seeding Rate: 2-4 lb per 1000 sq. ft
  • Seed Planting Depth: Broadcast directly and lightly tamp
  • Growth Habit: Non-GMO winter rye seeds mature into a classic 30-40" tall grassy wheat field grain
  • Winter Rye Soil Benefits: Replenishes nitrogen into the soil, roots loosen soil to improve tilth, drainage, and weeds
  • Grow Temp Preference: 35-65° F
  • Garden Light Preference: Full sun
  • Pests/Diseases/Troubleshooting: Non-GMO Secale cereale is a winter-hardy grain with no serious pests or diseases.
  • Color: Classic light green field grain that turns to golden brown in summer and fall
  • Winter Rye Mow: When growing as a cover crop, mow down winter rye before it begins to seed, tilling grass back into soil a month before sowing a new spring crop.

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.

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