Sunday, March 4, 2012

Clover Cover Crop

Clover Growing Beside the House

Another View, Clover
Don had a new heating and cooling system put in this year. The installation left the lawn beside our house a mess, with no vegetation and mostly hard clay on the surface of what had been our lawn.

He planted clover liberally on the bare spots. Clover is hardy, prevents erosion, feeds rabbits and pollinators when it flowers, and improves the soil. It fixes nitrogen from the air into the soil with the help of beneficial bacteria, and its roots delve deeply to break up hard soils like clay.Our container plants, mostly mint and peas, can be seen in the foreground.

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