How to grow winter tares (vetch)
Sow winter tares at 16g per square metre by scattering on the surface of your soil then rake and tamp down. If you're following a crop rotation system, winter tares should be grown in the same rotation as other legume plants.
If you have acid or particularly dry soil then we would recommend choosing a different green manure as winter tares won't grow well in these conditions.
Winter tares establishes quickly and suppresses weeds well. It rapidly fixes nitrogen in its roots, feeding the next crop once you've dug it in.
Winter tares, or vetch, is good to grow with Hungarian grazing rye for excellent winter soil care.
Incorporating winter tares into your soil
Cut down or hoe off the leaves of your winter tares before digging in the whole plants. Winter tares can inhibit the germination of your next crop for up to six weeks after digging in so make sure you dig it in four to six weeks before the soil is needed for your next crop, and/or before flowering.