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Castle Mixture

Game Cover Mixtures

Establishment of a successful gamecover crop requires the same level of attention to detail that a conventional agricultural crop requires.

The siting of areas for gamecover undoubtedly dictates which species of gamecover crop will prove to be successful.  Brassicas (kale, rape, fodder radish and mustard) all dislike wet and compacted ground.  Kale is regarded as the mainstay of many good gamecrops however it can be challenging to grow successfully as like all Brassicas it needs fertile free draining soil and protection from grazing pests particularly in its early stage of growth.

CRITERIA TO CONSIDER

  • Soil test: pH, phosphate, potash and clubroot if necessary.
  • Apply lime to achieve pH of 6.0-6.5
  • Apply adequate quantities of NPK fertiliser (crops such as kale are highly dependent on adequate nitrogen being applied).
  • Seedbed preparation: small seeds require a very fine tilth in order to germinate.

 

For more information on game cover please download our information booklet below or contact us on 01368 840655 to request one to be sent out.

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GC1

GAME COVER 1

Offers food and shelter for wild birds and game in year 1 and 2.

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GC2

GAME COVER 2

Cover for game from kale in year 1. Food and cover from both components in year 2.

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GC3

GAME COVER 3

Cover and food for game and wild birds in year 1 and 2.

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GC4

GAME COVER 4

Cover for game from kale and red clover. Attracts pollinating insects (incl. bees).

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GC5

GAME COVER 5

Establishes rapidly. Cover for game and food for wild birds. Reasonably pest resistant.

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GC6

GAME COVER 6

Similar to GC5. Can tolerate poor ground and is often used after a previous crop failure.

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