swoodard
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Hairy Vetch Question

I put down some vetch last fall for the first time in my raised garden bed. It has grown pretty well but Im not sure what to do with it now. I want to Till the soil in a month or so and wasn't sure if I should. I see online where some people mow it down and others cut it low leaving the roots. Obviously I want the added nitrogen so I don't want to mess that up. Suggestions, thoughts are appreciated.

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Re: Hairy Vetch Question

Most cover crops are tilled in when they begin to flower. You don't want them to go to seed or make pods because the energy is transfering to the pods. If you want the added nitrogen it is best to have inoculated the seeds when they were planted. Mowing or tilling them in is what you want to do. The nitrogen stored in the plants and the nodules are not released until they decompose.
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swoodard
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Re: Hairy Vetch Question

I do not see any blooms or flowers on the vetch it just grew flat across the garden. How do I inoculate the seeds this coming fall?

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