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  •  I tore up my easement (1+ / 0-)
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    FinchJ

    Well, 3/4 of it; I ran out of steam during the season. Planted a variety of red clover called "Palestine", which, the catalog promises, never gets very tall and has quite pretty flowers.

    If it does need mowing, it won't be often, and since it fixes nitrogen out of the air,  I'll count it as a free fertilizer crop.

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 08:55:07 AM PST

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    •  My neighbor, the ChemLawn guy (1+ / 0-)
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      does not approve. To him, clover is a weed.

      Can you imagine?

      Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
      I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

      by Leo in NJ on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 09:17:46 AM PST

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      •  Clovers also do a better job than most (1+ / 0-)
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        accumulating phosphorus. They are a great addition to any garden. We grew three types this year- Dutch white (Trifolium repens), Red (T. pratense), and Crimson (T. incarnatum [its also an annual]). We use T. repens in the pathways since it is very foot tolerant. T. incarnatum is wonderful because it is short lived but grows ridiculously fast (awesome bee forage too); a true cover crop. T. pratense will be allowed to self seed, but we won't buy any more in favor of perennial native nitrogen fixers.

        Do you have any photographs of your project? I'd love to see what you have going on.

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