Wednesday 19th August 2020
Ah clover. This humble 3 (or sometimes 4!) leafed miracle worker is one of our favourite and most hard-working plants in the valley!
We plant clover as part of our herbal grass leys for many reasons. It helps improve soil health and also provides additional nutrients for our cows.
Organic standards mean we can’t use a chemical nitrogen fertilizer even if we wanted to. Clover is considered a nitrogen fixing plant, meaning that it will pull nitrogen from the air and channel it into the soil through their root systems so that our crops and grass can use it to grow.
Clover also has a long root that can grow deep into the soil, pulling nutrients from deep in the soil that other plants can’t reach.
By growing clover, our soil gets a lovely injection of extra nutrients and our cows get a tasty addition to their grass salads.
So, the next time you’re searching for a lucky 4 leaf clover, remember just how clever that clover really is!
Planting clover is just one of the ways we put nature first. Want to find out more? Click here to go to our Put Nature First hub!