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Cover Crop, Hairy Vetch

Short Description

Fall cover crop fixes soil nitrogen.

Full Description

Hairy vetch is a nitrogen fixing legume that provides excellent biomass over the winter, helps control soil erosion and acts as a ground cover. Its pea-type flowers are a lovely violet color. One packet will cover 500 to 600 square feet.
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Cover Crop, Hairy Vetch
Cover Crop, Hairy Vetch, , large
Item #: 67640S
1 Pkt. (1/4 lb.)
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Product properties

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48-60 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10-12 inches

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Full Sun
48-60 inches
10-12 inches
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Cover Crop, Hairy Vetch is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 7873.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cover crops I bought and used Hairy Vetch in combination with winter wheat and winter rye last fall in my garden as cover crops. I turned them over in the spring three weeks before I planted my garden. I was pleased with my results.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very invasive Hairy vetch is the bain of my existence! It invades perennials and is impossible to eliminate without destroying the plant it's growing in. If I had a choice, I would not use it as a cover crop in fear it would invade my yard.
Date published: 2015-10-08
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