Crazy about Clover

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!

Silage cutting on the Yeo Valley Organic Farm
Cutting clover on the farm to make silage

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.

Clever Clover

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!


Photo credit: Studio Whisk

Comments on “Crazy about Clover”

  • The clover in my patch is alive with bees in the summer. No bare feet for me!

    Susan on 27th November 2020 at 6:16 pm

  • Nitrogen from nature and not in a plastic sack using huge amounts of energy to produce. a no brainer.

    Derek west on 23rd November 2020 at 5:42 pm

  • We’ve just created a wild patch in our garden and have laid down clover seeds in the hope that it will attract the bees.

    Jacqui on 15th October 2020 at 5:02 pm

  • I always grow crimson and white clover on my allotment in London. It is not only good for the soil and veggies but looks pretty too.


    Agnieszka on 15th October 2020 at 11:22 am

  • In my London suburban garden, instead of a grass monoculture, I love allowing clover to grow in my lawns as it stays green even in very dry summers and the flowers are much loved by bees.

    Christine on 15th October 2020 at 11:21 am

  • Thanks Yeo Valley, I never knew that! Keep up the good work. Lyn

    Lyn on 3rd September 2020 at 7:30 pm

  • On my parents’ farm in North Wales my Dad used to plant clover in fallow fields so that the following year he would have good crop yields. All the farmers in the area used to do the same. We didn’t call it Organic then it was just standard practice. We could only let the cattle into those fields for a little while as they would overeat the clover ( they loved it, it was a pleasure watching their behaviour when they were allowed into those fields ).

    Richard Williams on 3rd September 2020 at 11:25 am

  • Good article. Many thanks.

    gerard Morillon on 2nd September 2020 at 5:30 pm

  • Thank you for reminding me not to pull out the abundant clover that seems to find a home in all my pots!!

    Pat Lennard on 2nd September 2020 at 4:44 pm

  • Sometimes, even though we have a deep bedded knowledge, it takes a reminder to bring that knowledge back to the front of the mind.
    I think growing clover ion my garden might just help it improve my plants.

    John Sullivan on 2nd September 2020 at 3:35 pm

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