Hairy Vetch

Crop TypeCool Season Legume
Seeds / Lb12,000
Minimum Germination Temperature48F

This cool season legume is the most winter hardy of the vetches, having been shown to handle temperatures down to 5F with little to no cover. This vetch is also a great option for attracting beneficial insects. Hairy vetch, when planted in the spring starts out slow, but by fall it will have put on a good amount of biomass which will also help in out competing weeds. It has been shown to sometimes be an issue trying to control with Roundup.

Nitrogen Scavenger2
Soil Builder4
Prevent Erosion3
Weed Suppression4
Quick Growth1
Lasting Residue1
Make P and K Available4
Loosen Topsoil4
Suppress Disease3
Attract Beneficial Insects5

1 = Poor and 5 = Excellent