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Hairy Vetch

Botanical Name: Vicia villosa

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# of seeds per packet: 2/3 cup; approx 2850 seeds

Description

Hairy Vetch is an annual sprawling cover crop used for soil improvement, including nitrogen fixation and erosion control. This is the most winter hardy of the vetches. Traditionally, it is sown into beds/fields as a cover crop with rye in the fall (September), where it serves to protect the soil over the winter. Come spring it is either added to compost piles by gardeners or tilled into fields, adding nitrogen and organic matter to the soil. Hairy Vetch can also be planted in the spring or summer. In gardens, plant it into bare soil areas as an effective cover crop for weed control. Grow it under tomatoes—studies have shown that it increases yield and disease resistance of tomato plants. If allowed to go to seed, Hairy Vetch will re-seed itself providing continual soil protection (it will not become too “weedy”). In order for vetch to do nitrogen fixation, seeds should be inoculated with “Pea-Vetch” Rhizobium inoculant (see Growing Instructions).

Growing

Growing Instructions(for USDA zone 5b):

Direct sow from 3/15-9/30 for nitrogren-fixing cover crop. Plant 1/2“ deep, 4 inches apart in each direction for full cover.  Late summer plantings will overwinter and grow vigorously in spring, suppressing weeds.

Till under during flowering stage for best nitrogren fixation, or cut down and add to compost piles (or leave as mulch). Will re-seed.

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Description

Hairy Vetch is an annual sprawling cover crop used for soil improvement, including nitrogen fixation and erosion control. This is the most winter hardy of the vetches. Traditionally, it is sown into beds/fields as a cover crop with rye in the fall (September), where it serves to protect the soil over the winter. Come spring it is either added to compost piles by gardeners or tilled into fields, adding nitrogen and organic matter to the soil. Hairy Vetch can also be planted in the spring or summer. In gardens, plant it into bare soil areas as an effective cover crop for weed control. Grow it under tomatoes—studies have shown that it increases yield and disease resistance of tomato plants. If allowed to go to seed, Hairy Vetch will re-seed itself providing continual soil protection (it will not become too “weedy”). In order for vetch to do nitrogen fixation, seeds should be inoculated with “Pea-Vetch” Rhizobium inoculant (see Growing Instructions).

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Growing

Growing Instructions(for USDA zone 5b):

Direct sow from 3/15-9/30 for nitrogren-fixing cover crop. Plant 1/2“ deep, 4 inches apart in each direction for full cover.  Late summer plantings will overwinter and grow vigorously in spring, suppressing weeds.

Till under during flowering stage for best nitrogren fixation, or cut down and add to compost piles (or leave as mulch). Will re-seed.

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