Crown Vetch- Yea or Nay?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Old John, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. Old John

    Old John Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hi Y'All,

    Here I am back with a couple more questions.

    Last year, when I was mowing, there was a little patch of "Crown vetch",
    at the bottom of a tree. It looked real pretty when it was blooming.
    So, I left it. Just that one little patch.,

    This year, as I mow, I noticed that there are sprouts of it spread out,
    over about a 40x40' area.
    Is it a "Noxious Weed"? Do I need to sterilize the soil in that area to
    get rid of it?
    Is it Okay for Cattle & Horses, to have it in the pasture?
    I know it's a legume, and fixes nitrogen in the soil.
    Will it take over, my rolling hills, kill out the grasses, & Clovers I have established?
    How fast CAN it spread
    Can I contain it with Mowing? Kinda looks like NOT.

    Thanks for your info. Web searches seem to turn up widely
    VARIED opinions, pro & con.
     
  2. savingup

    savingup Active Member

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    John, don't have an answer for you on the Vetch but, I LOVE your signature! That is great!
     

  3. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    I have fed it to sheep and cattle for years with no problem (at least I think it is Crown vetch it is certainly a type of vetch) It seems to have varied success filling a feild some years and not in others. It will choke out other legumes in its prosperous years. I like it because it is wet tolerant and can be in bloom, setting pods, and have dry pods all at once which means it is holding it's protein level likely near 12-14% as a guess.
     
  4. MaKettle

    MaKettle Well-Known Member

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    Planted the seed about 15 years ago along the side of the barn as there is a goodly slope and it is planted by the highway dept for erosion control. It has not spread out into the field., although a sprout has emerged in the paddock. The horse won't eat it, but the geese do.
     
  5. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Well-Known Member

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    great for areas you don't want to mow, I'm planning on doing the whole yard
     
  6. Ana Bluebird

    Ana Bluebird Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I planted it on the sewer pond thinking I wouldn't have to mow it, but it came up in patches then died out completely in a couple of years. I wasn't impressed. I"ve noticed along the highways where the highway crew used to plant it that it's dying out. Must not like our clay soil or something. BTW the highway puts in sod now (Now isn't that just too much!) Can't have that erosion, you know.