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Post  camprn 12/19/2011, 6:38 pm

I also leave the clover as it attracts bees to the area near my garden...I don't mow when it is flowering.

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Post  dixie 12/19/2011, 8:10 pm

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When I find myself sitting in the garden with nothing to do! My wife hands me a hammer and says build more !!

That is one of the many things that make us so special. Does she also tell you "But all you have to do is..." when telling about her great new idea? DH is having that put on his tombstone.
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Post  Unmutual 12/20/2011, 7:52 am

boffer wrote:

It's my understanding that clover will show up naturally where there is a shortage of nitrogen. Given enough time, the clover will replentish the nitrogen supply in the soil and then fade away.

That's text book stuff, and I am in the process of finding out if it's true. At least that's my excuse for having a yard full of clover!

Yep, clovers are legumes and therefor fix nitrogen into depleted soil. That's their job. Think of it as ugly, but free 12-0-0(The 12 is an arbitrary number that sounded good).

And according to this, you're also saving the planet, reducing the use of fossil fuels AND reducing your carbon footprint by allowing it to grow in your lawn.
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Post  plantoid 12/20/2011, 11:35 am

camprn wrote:I also leave the clover as it attracts bees to the area near my garden...I don't mow when it is flowering.

Old country folk lore tale over here is that you get a better pollen production & nectar flow off the second cut of clover .

It seemed like it in my hives and it tasted like it in the honey produced around the time just after the second cut returned to flower.

I reasoned it as cutting the plant tops made for a better root system and the decaying cut tops made a manure for the plants thus giving a better nectar flow.

How would more bees at a certain time affect your propagations ?
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Post  camprn 12/20/2011, 4:57 pm

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camprn wrote:I also leave the clover as it attracts bees to the area near my garden...I don't mow when it is flowering.

Old country folk lore tale over here is that you get a better pollen production & nectar flow off the second cut of clover .

It seemed like it in my hives and it tasted like it in the honey produced around the time just after the second cut returned to flower.

I reasoned it as cutting the plant tops made for a better root system and the decaying cut tops made a manure for the plants thus giving a better nectar flow.

How would more bees at a certain time affect your propagations ?
I leave it for the first flowering and then usually end up cutting for maybe the next 4 weeks then more blooms come out on the clover.
It's just another flowering plant during the entire season that will encourage the bees to visit.

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