Hairy Vetch

Hairy Vetch

SKUS: CC212A, CC212B, CC212C, CC212D, CC212S
This nitrogen fixer is a lanky and sprawling, but versatile legume that is fairly tolerant of acid soils and light shade. It can be mowed down in spring to supply good mulch. Read More

Exposure Full-sun to partial shade

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More details about Hairy Vetch

Vicia villosa. Hardy Annual. This nitrogen fixer is a lanky and sprawling, but versatile legume that is fairly tolerant of acid soils and light shade. It can be mowed down in spring to supply good mulch. Hardy to Zone 4: -34°C (-30°F). 500g covers approximately 145 m2 (1,560 ft²). Sow Hairy Vetch cover crop seeds from early March to mid-April, and again August to mid-September.

NOTE: Hairy Vetch seeds are toxic to chickens, so plant out of the way of foraging flocks or cut the vetch while it is just flowering.

(Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Mow in spring to supply good mulch
    • Shade tolerant
    • Lanky, sprawling and versatile>
    • Use 13.6kg (30 lbs)
    • Open-pollinated seeds

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All About Hairy Vetch

Latin

Latin
Vicia villosa
Family: Fabaceae

Exposure:

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Timing

Timing
Sow vetch as early as the ground can be worked, and on into late spring. Sow again in late summer for a fall crop.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 5-10mm (¼-½") deep.

Growing

Growing
For nitrogen fixation, allow plants to reach the flowering stage. We recommend cutting the abundant vegetation and leaving it on the soil as a mulch against weeds, to retain moisture, and provide insect habitat. Otherwise, work the long vines and their roots into the soil with a garden fork.

How to Grow Hairy Vetch

Step 1: Timing

Sow vetch as early as the ground can be worked, and on into late spring. Sow again in late summer for a fall crop.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds 5-10mm (¼-½") deep.

Step 3: Growing

For nitrogen fixation, allow plants to reach the flowering stage. We recommend cutting the abundant vegetation and leaving it on the soil as a mulch against weeds, to retain moisture, and provide insect habitat. Otherwise, work the long vines and their roots into the soil with a garden fork.

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