[Market-farming] Legume Cover

MAsteveINE MAsteveINE at 207me.com
Mon Jan 23 08:25:59 EST 2012

Any experience with:

Bell Bean OG Vicia faba Annual vigorous small-seeded fava bean which can be planted in very early spring, germinating and growing well in soils between 35-45°. Also good sown in fall-grows even as the snow falls. Growth slows in hot weather. Will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and pH. Bell beans are a great choice for a green manure, providing large amounts of biomass and nitrogen, as much as 100#/acre in just six weeks, up to 220#/acre in a season. Excellent sheep forage. Aggressive taproot breaks up hardpan and mines the subsoil nutrients for succeeding crops. Attracts bees and beneficial insects. Highly recommended. Seed at a rate of 80-170#/acre, 2-4#/1000 sq ft. Certified organic. 

Text from Organic Growers supply site, and is very similar to

the  mainepotatolady.com

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