Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Planting into a cover crop of white clover
Greetings, What are your thoughts on broadcasting sweet white clover over the entire garden plot before planting the bedding plants to inhibit weeds and add nitrogen? Francesco
I have not done this, but it makes a lot of sense and is a practice many do. I have heard it works especially well with broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and others in that family. I am not sure the temps white clover likes to germinate at. I think it likes cool soil for good germination.
I think whatever you plant into the clover, needs to be something that grows 8" tall or more--so the clover does not out compete your desired crop.
White clover can be perennial or could be tilled or smothered after the growing season.
Here is a great book on cover crops. "Managing Cover Crops Profitably". It is written for farm scale operations, but with a bit of thought, any gardener can figure out some cover cropping that will work for them.
I own this book and like it a lot.