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Vetch

Vicia villosa

Hairy Vetch, Fodder, Winter Vetch (Eng.)

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Plough into the field while still green.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed at start of rainy season.

Special features

Crop rotation
Great to use as cover crop as green manure and to add value to depleted soil.

Geography

Origin
Asia and East Africa

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Fabaceae
Flower colour
Blue, pink and purple, Purples, Pink, White, Blue
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free

Companion plants

Any plant that requires a lot of nitrogen

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