Using clover as mulch

I have read a bout white and red clover being great as living mulch. They area apparently one of the best nitrogen fixer, that is they get the nitrogen from the air and fix it in nodules on their roots.

Just like with using alfalfa (lucern) or sugar cane mulch, when the clover is established, it also protects the soil from direct sunlight, reduce water evaporation and protect the soil from compaction due to raindrop impact.

Clover grows very fast and will take over a garden bed in no time, given conditions are met. In my sweet potato bed, the white clover has reached 25cm height, when I planted teh sweet potatoes, I just removed a clump of clover and put the potato in. Then every time I have a clover take over, I would either just cut and drop the clover on the spot or collect it in a bucket and use it as dead mulch in another container.

This is the potato bed with a slight take over from the clover.


This time I decided to collect the clover and use it as dead mulch for the chive that I transplanted into root pouch (grow bags).




So far I like the clover as mulch (living or dead) despite the extra work of cutting it down regularly. Even the bees seem to enjoy the white clover.


The red clovers grow taller than the white clovers but give some very pretty flowers.


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