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  1. #1
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    Default Quick Crimson Clover question?

    Last fall, I planted crimson clover in my wheat patch to keep down the weeds. It came up in the spring and the bees gave it a really good work over. I also planted some mixed in some pasture grass late summer, last summer and it came in early in the spring when it was about too windy and cold for the bees to do much with... This spring, I planted a couple good sized patches around our strawberry plants and it did well and is still blooming. The bees are still working it although it is about played out...

    So... For the places where it came and gone earlier in the year and has went to seed, do you think I can till it under and maybe it will come up and bloom before the fall?

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    Default Re: Quick Crimson Clover question?

    When I read this I thought "the same thing happened to us", then I saw where you are. At any rate we've been overseeding our pastures with crimson and white clover for several years. It will grow in the fall but, not bloom.

    Now, since the weather has been cooler than the last several years the white clover has been continually blooming.

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    Default Re: Quick Crimson Clover question?

    Howdy, Mr. Walker.. So, I really would not gain much by trying to till it under.. I am guessing I may as well let it just reseed itself... Thinking maybe I should bush hog it?

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    Default Re: Quick Crimson Clover question?

    Yeah I would just let it re-seed. And, clover doesn't like a lot of shade. Ideally we keep it grazed but, sometimes it gets ahead of us so we bush hog it.

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    Default Re: Quick Crimson Clover question?

    Have you tried cutting it to keep it in bloom longer? I have clover (dutch & common) in my lawn, garden area & our "bee meadow". I mow the clover in strips in the evening, to avoid killing the bees & not wipe out all the blossoms, and find that it will stay in bloom well into the fall (this is similar to deadheading a flower). The bees also seem to like it better as they can find the blooms easier & the later blossoms are slightly smaller than the earlier ones.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Quick Crimson Clover question?

    Not for nothing- but some crimson clover is an annual plant and some are biannual so you might want to check out the perennial legumes for the bee meadow and soil improvement. I have had really good success is terrible soils buy planting other clovers and birdsfoot trefoil using inoculated seed. the stuff will grow in asphalt and turns nitrogen back into your soil. year after year it keeps coming in better and better. vetch is another but if you are trying to get a wheat crop out of it as well I would stay away from the vetch-it will gum up a lot of equipment when cutting back or down.

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