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Crimson & Clover!

April 20th, 2010

Why have we chosen to plant a portion of the garden with crimson clover and not something edible? Crimson clover is planted in the garden as a cover crop. Cover crops are an essential part of any vegetable garden and perform and number of different tasks:

  • Produce nitrogen which helps bring a natural balance back to the soil post harvest
  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Aids in soil erosion
  • Adds organic matter back to the soil
  • Looks nice too, don’t you think?

Corn is especially hard on soil, and if you are familiar with last summer’s garden, then you know we had corn planted here in the past. (See last August’s entry.) The crimson clover will help restore the nutrients lost growing corn last summer so we can grow more this summer. It’s easy and looks fantastically lush!!

CLOVER PATCH IN FEBRUARY:

They weren’t kidding about the clover part! You can see where a creature, we’re guessing a bunny, chomped off the baby red flowers back in February! Do you see the headless stalks? I bet they tasted great!

CLOVER PATCH IN APRIL:

Aren’t the fuzzy red flowers beautiful?

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Corn and Cover Crops

August 19th, 2009

Much of the garden summer crop is now in full bloom, including the colorful variety triple play corn that we are featuring this season. Because corn depletes a high amount of nutrients from soil, it is a good idea to rotate a cover crop into your garden – the cover crop is an organic way to replenish nitrogen.

Here you can see our gardeners discussing plans for the fall; they are going to plant red clover after the corn has been harvested. Red clover is an extremely effective cover crop and also yields lovely scarlet flowers!

Pictured here is the triple play corn. This variety of corn is mainly used for decorative purposes, although it can be eaten if picked early when the corn is still white and sweet.
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