Alsike Clover

Alsike clover is a nitrogen fixing legume from the Fabaceae family, the same as alfalfa, with the same ability to glean nitrogen from the air and store it in the roots, as most legumes are famous for.

Alsike clover is rarely used as animal feed, as it grows close to the ground making it hard to harvest. Erosion control and cover crop is what this legume’s is valued for. The roots are spreading and broad, holding soil in place while breaking up hard pan and clay soils.

Requirements

Soil: Heavy loam, tolerates poor drainage and acid soil
Climate: Not adaptable to hot, humid climate

Planting

Per acre: 8 pounds
Per 1000 square feet: 1/4 pound
Seed Depth: 1/2 inch

Season

Sow: Spring or Fall
Turn under: Fall or Spring

Trifolium hybridum - Aliske Clover

See Also…

“The earth neither grows old or wears out if it is dunged.”
~ Columella, circa 45 A.D.

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