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Austrian Winter Peas Winter peas are planted as a annual forage crop, cover crop ( to control erosion, as a weed suppression and for adding organic matter to the soil as a green manure, peas are a modest nitrogen-fixer for the vegetable garden. ) Austrian winter peas are a low-growing, viney legume with a fix of 70 - 125 pounds of nitrogen per acre per year.
Hairy Vetch A vigorous and nitrogen producing plant that is great for tilling in before planting the spring garden crops. Stems may grow 2 to 5 feet long and leaves are composed of 10 to 20 leaflets. Flower are violet and white to rose colored or white. Seed are round and black, developing inside elongated and flattened pods.
Ladino Clover A rapidly-growing perennial legume that has a white bloom. Ladino was developed in the 18th century in Italy and then was introduced into the United States in 1894. This clover is very winter hardy and prefers well drained silt loam and clay soils with a pH of 6-7. Ladino has a high nitrogen and mineral content.
White Dutch Clover A perennial clover used in lawns, as a ground cover, cover crop, for erosion control, and in pasture mixtures. White Dutch clover can be planted early in spring or fall. Plant grows to about 3 to 5 inch tall. Grow best in moist, well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0 - 6.5.