hairy vetch


Definition of hairy vetch

: a Eurasian vetch (Vicia villosa) extensively cultivated as a cover and early forage crop

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Recent Examples on the Web The plots that used cover crops also were negatively affected by the hairy vetch not being completely eliminated by the herbicide, allowing it to compete with the corn for nutrients and water. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Boulder County’s carbon sequestration project reports limited impact in first year," 27 Oct. 2019 On the second and third plots, Schlagel planted a cover crop of rye and hairy vetch, the roots from which were supposed to keep nutrients in the soil and reduce erosion throughout the winter. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Boulder County’s carbon sequestration project reports limited impact in first year," 27 Oct. 2019 Examples of common used cover crops include annual rye, hairy vetch, and there are others. Roxanne Washington, cleveland, "Putting your garden to bed so it will wake up refreshed next spring: NE Ohio Gardening," 5 Oct. 2019 Common choices include buckwheat, annual rye, hairy vetch and clovers, and they can be used in no-till gardens or in conventional ones. Washington Post, "Heavy rains can damage a vegetable garden — but the gardener can protect it," 24 July 2019 The crop can be quite happy growing with a legume like hairy vetch or crimson clover. Sunset, "Top 10 Cover Crops for Your Fall Garden," 22 Jan. 2018 One great way to boost nitrogen is by planting leguminous cover crops, such as alfalfa, clover, hairy vetch, or peas. Beth Hanson, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthier Crops Using These Natural Nitrogen Sources," 24 Aug. 2015 Legumes like Austrian winter & Caley peas; arrowleaf, ball, button, crimson, red, & white clovers; blue lupine, common and hairy vetch all add nutrients to the soil. Michelle Matthews,, "'You're my angel': Off-duty nurse saves man's life in Mobile," 24 Dec. 2017

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1901, in the meaning defined above

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