Clover, a comparatively new arrival to my inexperienced sward, thrives in areas with low fertility. That’s as a result of clover is a legume, and takes nitrogen from the air and releases it by its roots. It doesn’t want fertilising as a result of it makes its personal nitrogen, so fertilising the garden is a prime advice for eradicating clover. To this point my efforts have solely elevated the clover. In the meantime, the clover is bettering the fertility of the soil round it. Is the clover boosting the winter grass? Are they in cahoots?
It’s time for a re-think.
I’m so fascinated by the clover’s relentless incursion that I’ve determined to have fun it relatively than wrestle it. Certainly, some natural gardeners deliberately add clover to their lawns, not only for that nitrogen-fixing affect, however for the bee-supporting pollen of the summer time flowers and the truth that it is extremely drought-tolerant and stays vivid inexperienced all by a sizzling summer time.
After which there’s the chance to be “rolling in clover”. The saying dates again at the least 300 years and refers to cows being deliriously glad to seek out themselves in a discipline of nutrient-dense clover. Apparently, for a cow that’s pretty much as good because it will get. For us, being “in clover” means to don’t have any monetary worries, and possibly no worries in any respect. Proper now, that seems like a metaphor I’m glad to look out on each morning, even when it’s a barely completely different color to the remainder of my weedy embroidery.