One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A widely distributed scrambling herbaceous plant of the pea family, which is cultivated as a silage or fodder crop.
Genus Vicia, family Leguminosae: several species, in particular the common or (spring) vetch (V. sativa) and purple vetch (V. americana)See also tare
- ‘My vetch and oat cover crops look like they'll make it into the winter with sufficient growth to survive the cold.’
- ‘After you prepare a seed bed in your future tomato plot, plant the vetch, either by broadcasting or in shallow furrows at the rate of an ounce of seed per 10 square feet.’
- ‘Plant vetch and winter rye as a cover crop on bare soil and protect remaining produce with row cover as October frosts approach.’
- ‘Buckwheat, mustard, rape, or fast-growing legumes, such as vetches or crimson clover, can be used.’
- ‘Sometimes, instead of a multi-year hayfield, Moyer will just use hairy vetch or a vetch / oats mix as a cover crop between the summer wheat harvest and corn planting the following spring.’
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French veche, from Latin vicia.
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