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Austrian Winter Pea

Austrian Winter Pea

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Close relative of Garden or English peas, but this variety is grown as a cover crop. As hardy as Hairy Vetch and good as a nitrogen fixer, but more adapted to drier or alkaline soil. Matures a bit earlier in spring from a fall planting. Very attractive to deer. Can be sown in early spring in cooler climatesDate: Sept. - Oct. •Rate: 50 lbs. per acre or 1 ¼ lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. •Depth: ½" • Time: September - October • Method: Well-prepared, firm seed bed, alone or with a small grain. 1 inch deep. • Grazing: Not suited to grazing because of livestock damage from trampling. Excellent for wild game food plots and as a plow down green manure crop. Austrian winter peas if planted in the fall will also return to growth in the spring. Attracts: Deer, Turkey, Rabbits, and Quail Origin: Common variety from Europe Adaptations: Well-drained loam or sandy loam soils of the Southeastern US Benefits: Adds nitrogen to soil and provides winter erosion control. Nutrition: High quality, similar to White Clover. Maintaining soil fertility is a big challenge for food plots and Austrian Winter Peas will resolve this issue. Austrian winter peas are legumes that will grow through the winter months, when growing conditions are not favorable for other plants. This pea produces a heavy vine growth that will also decay rapidly when plowed under. The same soil is then in shape for planting crops such as vegetables, cotton or corn that require fertile soils. The increased yield of crops following a crop of Austrian winter peas is a benefit of the usage of this plant.