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Winter Tares Green Manure Seeds

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Winter Tares 'Vicia sativa', also known as 'Vetches' is a hardy annual that can be sown March-May or July-September for over-wintering. It is good at nitrogen fixing and for weed suppression on heavier soils but avoid acid or dry soils and dig in before flowering. Winter Tares green manure is...

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Winter Tares 'Vicia sativa', also known as 'Vetches' is a hardy annual that can be sown March-May or July-September for over-wintering. It is good at nitrogen fixing and for weed suppression on heavier soils but avoid acid or dry soils and dig in before flowering.

Winter Tares green manure is part of the legume family so grow on ground with/after legumes in a crop rotation plan. Any harmful pests & diseases will show up in the green manure rather than the more valuable veg. It helps to fix nitrogen and once dug in will fertilise the following nitrogen hungry crops like brassicas.

Protect from slugs/snails and birds especially pigeons who like to nip the tops off. Please note that Winter Tares releases a chemical that inhibits the growth of small seeds (particularly carrots, parsnips & spinach) so a month should be left after digging it in before sowing the next crop. It does not pose a problem for transplants or young seedlings.

Grow with Forage Rye to give good cover in winter or Italian Rye.

 

Winter Tares Green Manure Seed Sowing Advice

When to Sow: March, April, May, July, August, September.
Growing period: 2-3 months.
Ideal Soil Type: Heavier soils, avoid acid or dry soils.
Nitrogen fixer: Yes.
How to Sow: Prepare the soil by roughly digging it over and removing any weeds. Lightly tread the soil, and then sow the seeds by broadcast sowing (i.e. scattering evenly) for good coverage and dig in to a depth of 2.5cm. Rake the soil and lightly firm down and water well. In dry periods you may need to water until the green manure is established. (Rows can be sown but are not as good for weed suppression). 
Care: The green manure should be cut down before flowering when the stems are nice and soft as they decompose quicker, retain more beneficial nutrients and are easier to incorporate into the soil. They can be dug into the soil by turning over into the top 15cms or left on the top as a mulch, the worms will drag down the organic matter and help to aerate the soil.

 

How Much Seed Do I Need?

Pack weight: 100g 250g 500g
Area covered: 18m2 45m2 90m2


Coverage rates quoted in the table above are based on our recommended seed coverage of 5.5g per m2.

 

When to Sow Winter Tares Green Manure Seeds

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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General Green Manure Seed Advice & Information

Follow the links below for further Green Manure information:

What is Green Manure?
Choosing the right Green Manure
How to Sow Green Manure Seeds

 

External Links

Green Manure – Wikipedia
Green Manures – RHS Website
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