Mustard Seeds - White-Yellow
- Seed Count: 200 Seeds
- Primary Purpose: Cover Crop
- Secondary Benefits: Weed Suppression, Soil-Borne Fungi and Nematode Suppressant
- Plant Behavior: Acts as a biofumigant when incorporated into the soil pre-flowering
- Growth Stage for Maximum Efficacy: Just before flowering
- Origin: Historically used in sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices
- Soil Improvement: Enhances soil structure and fertility
- Environmental Impact: Provides a natural, chemical-free alternative for pest and weed management
White-yellow mustard has been historically utilized in sustainable farming practices across different civilizations. Recognized for its dual purpose as a nutritious green manure and an effective soil pest suppressant, its usage can be traced back to ancient agricultural practices. It’s been an integral part of crop rotation systems, ensuring healthy and fertile soils for generations of farmers.
The primary use of this mustard variety is as a cover crop, enhancing soil fertility and structure. Its rapid growth outcompetes weeds, acting as a natural weed suppressant. But its most notable feature is its ability to suppress soil-borne fungi and nematodes. When incorporated into the soil just before its flowering stage, it releases compounds acting as biofumigants. This process naturally hinders the life cycle of nematode larvae and suppresses the growth of harmful fungi, reducing the need for chemical interventions.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions:
White-yellow mustard prefers a well-draining soil, with a pH level ranging from 6.0-7.5. For optimal nematode suppression, sow the seeds in rows 10-12 inches apart. Ensure the soil remains consistently moist during the initial growth phase. Once the plants are well-established, they require minimal maintenance. To achieve its biofumigant properties, it's crucial to turn the mustard into the soil just before the flowering stage. This process releases its natural compounds, maximizing its suppressant properties.