Re: mustard plants
- Subject: Re: [cg] mustard plants
- From: "Pat Elazar" <Pat_Elazar@cwb.ca>
- Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 12:02:57 -0500
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Hi Hilda, check out the links below for some background on your inquiry:
Mustards ARE sometimes used as cover crops in orchards. However, since they dont
synthesize or trap any nitrogen of their own, they are usually fertilized with a
nitrogen source before planting.
I dont think that was your objective though?
UC Davis reccommends a mixture of Medics (annual alfalfa); subteraenean clover &
cereal rye or barley for 'N' production
& soil building in the southwest. http://www.sare.org/mccp2/chart1.htm You
didnt say what your objectives were, so I assume
'N' fixation & soil building? You also didnt say what your cultivation regime
was- i.e. clean cultivation/permanent sod etc....
Here are two generic guides to home pecan production in the southwest.:
2/3 of the way down they talk about fertilization.)
When I lived in a climate like yours, I used a common vetch/oats mix as a
fall-sown winter cover crop in my orchards & disked
it in in the spring for weed control & 'N' fixation. That could work for you
too, as vetch is somewhat shade tolerant & the trees
would be without leaves of course.... This method has been used in California
walnuts (check below)....
Btw, I saw nothing in my search on Mustard cover crop & grapes.... Good luck!
"Hilda Meza-Barragan" <email@example.com> on 06/01/2001 09:52:23 PM
Subject: [cg] mustard plants
My husband and I have 4 pecan trees (In AZ). I just read any article stating
that mustard plants are a great source of Nitrogen for grape vines, and since
pecan trees also need lots of Nitrogen I was wondering if I plant mustard plants
around my trees if this would help them. Does anyone know anything about this.??
My husband and I have 4 pecan trees (In AZ). I just read any article stating that mustard plants are a great source of Nitrogen for grape vines, and since pecan trees also need lots of Nitrogen I was wondering if I plant mustard plants around my trees if this would help them. Does anyone know anything about this.??