Hairy Vetch

Quick Facts:

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

Hairy Vetch

Description:

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)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
50g (to cover 100 square feet) CC212A $5.19 Unavailable  
325g (to cover 1,000 square feet) CC212B $12.99 In stock $0.00
800g (to cover 2,500 square feet) CC212C $19.99 In stock $0.00
3.2kg (to cover 10,000 square feet CC212D $49.99 In stock $0.00
22.7kg (50 lb sack) CC212S $249.99 In stock $0.00
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Quick Facts:

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

How To Grow

The roots of this hardy annual extend deeply into the soil, improving porosity and drainage, and fixing nitrogen as they grow. The tops are lanky and sprawling, and can be cut in spring to provide an excellent mulch. Continue reading below for information on how to grow hairy vetch from seed.

Latin
Vicia villosa
Family: Fabaceae

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

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
Sow seeds 5-10mm (¼-½") deep.

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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