Crown Vetch can be directly sown into just about any soil and will tolerate a wide variety of climatic conditions. Cultivate the soil to provide a loose seed bed, scatter the seed and then cover lightly or lightly rake in and water thoroughly. Covering with a sparse layer of straw will retain moisture while germination takes place. Germination normally takes 2 to 3-weeks. If you need wide coverage quickly, we recommend you mix 1-pound of Crown Vetch seed with 1-pound of Annual Ryegrass seed, a mixture that will cover approximately 1,000 square feet, will fill in quickly and then will leave the perennial crown vetch to fill in for the subsequent years.