Cow Peas – 1 lb


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Cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata) are a legume crop that can improve soil health in several ways. Firstly, like other legumes, cowpeas have the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen into a form that plants can use. They do this through a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria that live in nodules on their roots. This makes cowpeas a valuable cover crop for improving soil fertility and reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers.

Secondly, cowpeas have deep taproots that can penetrate hardpan and help to break up compacted soil. This improves soil structure, which allows for better water infiltration and increases the soil’s ability to hold onto nutrients.

Thirdly, cowpeas are a great source of organic matter. When the cowpea plant is terminated, the above-ground biomass is incorporated into the soil, which adds organic matter and improves soil health. Organic matter provides a food source for soil microorganisms and helps to build soil structure over time.

Finally, cowpeas can also be used as a green manure crop. When grown for this purpose, the plants are terminated before they produce seed and are then incorporated into the soil. This can improve soil fertility, reduce erosion, and increase soil moisture retention.

Overall, cowpeas are a valuable crop for improving soil health and can be used in a variety of ways in sustainable agriculture systems.

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Weight 1 lbs