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A blend of stiff stalks of wheat, purple-blooming vetch and upright, rounded-leaf, white-blooming fava beans makes a pretty picture in this spring garden. Planting all three cover crops in the same bed will add nutrients, fix nitrogen and improve the overall structure of the soil. The vetch and favas are both legumes and require an inoculant.