Vicia pannonica - Hungarian Vetch
Sow months 3-10 60kg/ha 20sq.mt packet. For larger quantities, please click HERE.
- Hungarian Vetch is an excellent choice for heavy soils.
- Produces a lot of bulky foliage that suppresses weeds
- Hungarian vetch has an impressive root system adds organic matter and improves the texture of the soil.
- It is easy to dig in.
- If using for overwintering is best to sow before October to ensure a good germination.
- Grows best with a support plant - ie Westerwolds, Rye, Wild Rye or Japanese Oats, which also help with weed suppression.
- Can be used as forage, especially when used in a mix.
All cover crops should be either tilled in, mowed down almost to the ground, or smothered by (organic) mulches before they go to seed.
As green manure foliage decomposes it releases compounds that can inhibit germination. This is especially true of grazing rye. It is therefore not advisable to sow seeds immediately after digging in a green manure. Transplants and large seeded crops are not effected.
How to sow green manures –
- Prepare a reasonable seed bed.
- Broadcast you seeds. If you have a large area to cover it is a good idea to divide the seed and the land into 4 parts to avoid running out of seed.
- Rake in and water if soil is dry.