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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.

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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!

Comments on “Crazy about Clover”

  • My garden is mostly clover and I was looking to get it changed to grass as that what I always thought you should have, no longer it is staying as clover.

    Joanne on 11th March 2021 at 8:04 am

  • Hi I have clover paths in my garden.it was originally a wild flower meadow but the clover took over after a few years .I re-disigned the garden with 2 bed of prairie plants and the paths were still mainly clover but some wild flowers as well. I pulled most of the wild flowers out so its mostly clover now. In the summer it was full of bees on the flowers. Then in the autumn i cut it and let it lie there. I didn’t realise till now it would enrich the soil so well done me

    PATRICIA MATTHEWS on 17th December 2020 at 5:52 pm

  • I can remember as a child in the 1940s when all the fields and woods were full of wild flowers but then the chemical companies came over and changed so much – shame.
    Now fortunately we have a growing number of intelligent people making an effort to educate the younger generation. Well done.

    Pamela on 15th December 2020 at 3:33 pm

  • 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

  • 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

    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

    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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