Dutch White Clover, Trifolium repens.
Cover cropping is a seasonal process in every well-managed sustainable garden or farm. Planting cover crop seeds is easy. Useful in weed suppression, they are important in building soil structure and add nutrients and organic matter to soils. Many of the cover crops we sell not only perform all those useful functions within your growing space but also serve to support beneficial insect populations and provide a secondary harvest of grain, if you choose to allow the crops to go to seed.
Perennial. Does best from spring or fall sowing, and it will overwinter even in Zone 4, down to -34°C (-29°F). It spreads by underground runners that call for more thorough tillage in the spring. Allow two weeks for this clover to break down in the soil.
This clover is very hardy, and will stand up to foot traffic. It can be mowed with regular lawnmowers.
Eight reasons to grow cover crops:
- To protect bare soil from being washed or blown away.
- To keep nutrients from being washed out of your soil and to add even more when using nitrogen fixers.
- To loosen the soil deeper than you can or would want to dig.
- To increase organic matter, improve soil structure, drainage, and aeration.
- To control weeds.
- To help beneficial insects and microorganisms overwinter.
- To increase yields and break pest and disease cycles.
- To grow your own mulch and compost material.