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Hairy Vetch #363868

Asked September 19, 2016, 10:53 AM EDT

I have had mixed success with my small garden (3" x 12"). Squirrels ate many more tomatoes than I did. My motto - try, try again. I read about hairy vetch as an excellent way to enrich the soil for next years tomatoes. The article said to plant the seeds now and cut back the plants in March. Is this something that you recommend?. Or Should I just cover the garden with fallen leaves? Thank you in advance. Lee

Montgomery County Maryland

Expert Response

Hairy vetch can become weedy.  You could plant it or another cover crop.  http://extension.umd.edu/growit/beyond-basics/cover-crops-protect-and-improve-your-soil  Covering the garden with fallen leaves is considered to be easier and cheaper by many people.  vw

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