Hairy Vetch Cover Crop Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows approximately 60 square feet.
4 out of 5 stars
(2 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Hairy vetch is a hard-working, fast-growing cover crop, adding large amounts of nitrogen into the soil, benefiting the next crop. It grows quickly and densely, smothering and helping to prevent pesky weeds. At the bloom stage, it contributes the most nitrogen and is easiest to incorporate. It biodegrades quickly, needing just a few weeks of rest before sowing your next crop. Usually winter hardy in USDA zones 4 and warmer, resuming growth the following spring. While top growth may be slow in the winter, it acts as a blanket to your soil, preventing erosion from wind or water and the deep roots are still growing, feeding soil organisms, and improving soil structure and water retention. Fairly drought tolerant and also tolerant of temporary flooding.
$5.59 40 grams (~960 seeds)

Botanical Name: Vicia villosa

Days to Maturity: 60 Days

Family: Fabacea

Native: Africa, Asia, and Europe

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual, winter hardy in USDA zones 4 and warmer

Plant Dimensions: 24" tall; plants can reach 12' long

Variety Information: Hairy vetch is a sprawling legume with white to purple flowers, that is valuable for providing nitrogen to the soil. Some research shows that as a mulch, it can increase the subsequent crop's disease resistance.

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

Attributes: Cold Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average first fall frost date for a crop the following spring. Can also be sown in early spring or summer. Will germinate slowly in soil as cool as 40°F, more ideally 60°–75°F.

When to Start Inside: Not applicable.

Days to Emerge: 10 – 15 Days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: Scatter seeds about 3" apart

Thinning: Not Applicable

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Hairy Vetch Cover Crop Seeds Reviews

2 reviews


3 out of 5 stars Mar 19, 2022
This stuff is HIGHLY invasive and will spread and grow anywhere and everywhere. If you plan to try it just make sure you stay on top of it while it's green and blooming. Once it dries out the wind will pick up the seeds and soon it will be everywhere.
Jennifer from AK
Owner Response: Hi Jennifer, I want to quickly note that this plant is not legally invasive, we pay close attention to these lists as the seed would be illegal to sell. It is important to kill cover crops before they form seeds as with any plant that reseeds can sprout and result in more labor. We instruct to turn the crop under or kill it when 1/3 of plants are in flower both to avoid reseeds and this is when is optimal. You can find more growing tips in the seed packet or in the article linked in the learn more tab on this page.

Love the hairy vetch

5 out of 5 stars Jun 23, 2022
I had a soil sample done and results showed that my soil was deficient in nitrogen. I seeded an area where I wanted my tomatoes to grow with the hairy vetch. I read that once you are ready to plant where the h.v. grew, you tilled it under first. I fell so in love with the plant and it's lovely little purple penstemon-like flowers, that I just planted my tomatoes right in the h.v. By the time my tomatoes started to grow, the h.v. died back and now is a wonderful mulch for them and the tomatoes are strong and healthy. I promptly planted another small area with the hairy vetch and scattered some wildflower seeds with it. That area now looks like a tiny little wildflower meadow and I'm getting nitrogen in my soil, to boot. the hairy vetch is going into my raised vegetable planters this fall. This is my new favorite plant.
Gail from NM

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