Hairy Vetch, Fodder, Winter Vetch
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Vetch is part of the legume family that can utilise the unusable Nitrogen in the air and combine it with the help of Rhizobium bacteria to plantfood. It is therefore often sown as a covercrop with the ability to enrich the soil for the following crop.
Plough into the field while still green.
Sow seed at start of rainy season.
Great to use as cover crop as green manure and to add value to depleted soil.
Asia and East Africa
Temperate to cold areas
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Increase soil fertility
Grown as a winter cover crop and in no-till farming, as it is both winter hardy and can fix as much as 200 lb/acre of atmospheric nitrogen.
Pink, Purple, Blue, White
Generally problem free