The Beauty of a Cover Crop

The Beauty of a Cover Crop

Cover crops are an excellent way to improve the soil without adding chemical fertilizers – and they look great too! Today while driving home from a talk I gave on plant propagation I drove down an old country road and took a few pictures of the red clover. Most likely the farmer is using the clover to enrich the soil with nitrogen before tuning it under and planting a crop of corn. Clover is a legume and fixes nitrogen into the soil if it is allowed to decompose.

cover crop, red clover

The added benefit of choosing red clover as a cover crop is its appearance in the spring! It covers the fields with drifts of red. 

cover crop, red clover

According to Cornell red clover also supports lady beetles and green lacewings which are both predator insects and beneficial insects for the garden!

cover crop, red clover
What cover crops do you use?


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

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  1. Red Clover also makes an excellent herbal infusion/strong tea. It is traditionally used as a tonic helping many body functions. Do a search for using the flowers as well as using it as an excellent cover crop. LOVE Red Clover! Thanks for the gorgeous photos!

  2. Marigolds are also a great cover crop..

  3. I love seeing red clover this time of year. one thing though – bees love it too, so if you have kids, you might not want a whole lot of it where they play 🙂

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