Has anyone used white clover as living mulch? I've just planted white
dutch clover in my corn field on the theory that clover fixes nitrogen and
corn consumes vast quantities of nitrogen. Corn is much taller than clover
so I figure the clover won't compete for sun with the corn. The other
benefit is that the corn patch doesn't get mowed so the clover will be
able to flower which will attract bees and bees are great for all the
plants in the garden. I've been using clover on my lawn for a couple of
years which has worked out nicely as it's greened up the grass where the
clover and grass coexist and it grows in spots where grass doesn't do
well. However it doesn't get to flower much in the lawn because the lawn
I've done a bit of reading about 'clever clover' from the CSIRO's Dr
Same principles but dies down in summer so the plants don't get overgrown by
clover. You can read a bit more at the following:
i suspect what you gain at one point you
lose in others. but i will be interested to
hear how this goes. :)
i'm also interested in the background and
more details and plans you might have, like
how you prepared and planted the area and
how large it is and how you are going to plant
the corn, manage weeds, etc.
General Schvantzkoph;958241 Wrote:
> Has anyone used white clover as living mulch? I've just planted white
But nitrogen-fixing plants don't release nitrogen to other plants while
it is growing. It is only when you plough it back in to the soil or
compost it that you get a net nitrogen increase for future crops.
Meanwhile, intercropping it, it competes with other plants by taking up
water and other nutrients.
Peas and beans also fix nitrogen. But you still need rich fertile soil
to get a good crop off them.
On Tue, 15 May 2012 16:01:55 +0000, echinosum wrote:
Water not a problem, I get plenty of rain and I have an automatic watering
system. The clover should suppress the weeds and in the long run it will
provide nitrogen. I have my corn started in peat planters along with a pea
plant with each corn plant. The peas should be able to use the corn stalk
as a pole. I'll plant the corn and pea plants when they are a few inches
high which will put them above the clover.
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