Latin name: Vicia Villosa
Vetches are the most commonly used legumes in intercropping. They are appreciated because their moderate-sized seeds limit the quantities to be sown and facilitate mixing. Like all legumes, they must be sown early in summer if you want to produce biomass before winter. If they are well developed, they are destroyed relatively easily (freezing, rolling, etc.). However, we must remain attentive to their destruction if they are moderately developed, especially before crops where no recovery is possible because the vetch can be invasive. The ability of the different vetch varieties to produce biomass can be very different from one variety to another. There is early and late hairy vetch varieties. Early varieties have an good biomass potential before the winter with frost sensibility (but never 100% frost kill). In the other hand, late varieties will be suitable to cover the soil during winter and spring because of their good frost resistance.