Adapted from: Clark, A. Managing cover crops profitably. Note: For this article, all information from the source that does not comply with organic certification regulations has been removed. Type: winter annual or summer annual legume Roles: N source, weed suppressor, topsoil conditioner, reduce erosion Mix with: small grains, field peas, bell beans, crimson clover, buckwheat.
Using Vica villosa, Hairy Vetch as Green Manure - Dave's Garden
Posted April 20, by Kelly in cereal rye , cover crops , microbes , soil , soil biology , vetch. Cereal rye and hairy vetch cover crop. Not too long ago I was one of those people who knew a lot about plants but very little about soil. In late summer and fall of , I planted cereal rye, a cool-season grass that makes rye grain, and vetch, a viney legume, in all of my veggie beds. I inoculated the vetch seed with the nitrogen-fixing Rhizobium bacteria and then inoculated both with mycorrhizae. When I dug out bermuda grass and a lot of trash to make my veggie beds, the soil was dry, hard, and dusty. I knew it would take a long time to reach the desired chocolate cake consistency — dark, moist, spongy, and smelling good and earthy.
Hairy and Common Vetch
Bando loves to be in the picture. In Rockport, hairy vetch is best planted between November and February. Vetch is winter hardy, and a freeze will not kill it. Up north, they plant vetch in August or September, before the first killing frost, and the vetch winters under a thick blanket of snow, and resumes growing in the spring when the snow is gone. It takes about 90 days for vetch to fully mature, and create beautiful purple blooms.
The field season is wrapping up. A penetrometer measures resistance as it is pushed down. It is used to indicate levels of compaction in the soil. Without doing a statistical analysis, at first glance the numbers trend towards higher levels of compaction in areas with forage radish.