When to sow

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Plants With A Purpose -

In tem­per­ate cli­mates, ko­mat­suna can be cropped most of the year, and you can sow it out­doors from early spring to au­tumn.

De­pend­ing on win­ter sever­ity, very early sow­ings can be made un­der cover 4-6 weeks be­fore the last frost and trans­planted three weeks be­fore the last frost. How­ever, plants are quite tap-rooted and do suf­fer a check on trans­plant­ing so are best grown in some kind of mod­ule.

Very late sow­ings can be made in­doors and may be worth con­tin­u­ing un­der cover in very cold cli­mates to pro­duce a bet­ter qual­ity green.

in their diet for good health. Deep-root­ing weeds like chicory and dock pull up cal­cium and mag­ne­sium from the soil, and mow­ing/mulching later on then feeds these nu­tri­ents to the trees. Rare species of but­ter­fly re­turn mirac­u­lously to the coun­try­side.

You can also ‘power up’ your or­chard pas­ture to be more than just grass. Good ad­di­tional pas­ture herbs to over­sow are plan­tain and chicory. Lo­tus can be too in­va­sive but it cov­ers the ground well and keeps it lush. Clover and legumes like lupins add soil ni­tro­gen, as does an­i­mal (poul­try or sheep) ma­nure.

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