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7587Re: White Clover Seeds

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  • sydehill
    May 28, 2008
      Hi, I am trying some interplanting with white clover for the first
      time - it's been almost two months now and as I didn't get a good
      seed distribution and was a little light in some areas I don't have
      as complete a coverage as I'd like. I've been doing a lot of hand
      pulling of grass seedlings and horsetail fern to allow the clover to
      establish itself. I think it's paying off, I have pretty good
      coverage now and the clover is starting to develop more complex roots
      with the nodules indicating the nitrogen fixing thing is happening,

      The clover seed I used was some commercial stuff from Australia (I'm
      in Japan) and I don't know if it was inoculated or not so was worried
      whether the appropriate bacteria would be there to get the process
      going, but it looks like they were.

      Plan A was to start cotton seeds in containers and transplant
      seedlings into the clover area and to plant sesame directly. None of
      my cotton seedlings came up, though, so that part is derailed for

      For the sesame I just dug some shallow trenches about 2-3 centimeters
      deep through the young clover and planted seeds. I did only minimal
      disturbance to the clover. The sesame came up, but maybe due to cool
      weather didn't do much else for about a month - clover, on the other
      hand was growing well and I ended up having to pull up clover around
      the seedlings to keep the from being overwhelmed (some were anyway).

      I did a further planting of sesame a couple weeks ago and cleared
      back the clover a bit more aggressively - that batch is almost as
      well developed as the stuff planted several weeks earlier - by the
      time the clover grows back up to the sesame, hopefully the sesame
      will be tall and well established enough to be co-existing well.

      The intention is to do winter wheat on the same ground, retaining the
      clover. I'm not sure I will have that Fukuoka style system of
      covering the seeds in clay coatings down by then - if I don't, how
      would people recommend planting wheat into the clover?? (it's not a
      large area - can do everything by hand)

      cywgcyyc2005 - what kind of veggies/cereals are you growing & how do
      you plant them with the clover?


      Hamamatsu, Japan

      BTW - seems to me a good source of clover seed would be from whatever
      kind of clover seems to be growing well in your particular area
      already - there's some time of giant(?) white clover that grows well
      around here on pretty infertile looking soil - I'm going to try
      collecting and using some seed from it..

      --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, "cywgcyyc2005" <
      cywgcyyc2005@...> wrote:
      > I think Fukuoka would suggest that you don't get bogged down in
      > details. White dutch clover is a good cover because it covers the
      > ground quickly, adds nitrogen, and yet does not interefere with
      > cereal crops and vegetables as they climb above it. I suggest you
      > what works well in your area by experimenting and have fun with it.
      > use the clover in my garden. I am not a hardcore gardener, but a
      > practical one. The continuous cover with a scattering of vegetable
      > seeds in the spring produce a fantastic garden. Also, it keeps the
      > dirt out of my pool. I am continuously amazed with what can be done
      > in nature when you don't interefere, but gently guide your goals.
      > Good luck
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