|I can’t say what it is about weeds that l have always loved? Perhaps it is quite simply because they are misunderstood like some animal species. Whatever your opinion or view is on weeds, they are everywhere, and they are here to stay.|
Twenty-five years ago, l used to forage for weeds to feed the enormous number of rabbits l had in my commercial breeding operation. Knowing about them made everything easier because it meant that l wouldn’t accidentally kill an animal by feeding the wrong weed.
Most weeds are harmless, not all. Of course, some are and can be deadly. The fact is that people don’t like weeds because they don’t belong where they usually appear or are out of place. Many a time, gardeners especially don’t want them because weeds tend to grow quicker and easier than many ornamental flowers.
Weeds have a way of surviving. They are ONLY considered weeds on the domestic level because, let’s be honest, when we are out walking in the countryside, how many people are bothered by the presence of weeds then?
There are advantages and disadvantages to having weeds in your gardens and yards. They do have a lot of benefits that many people tend to ignore, and this series will highlight that.
|The Beauty of Weeds|
Fertilising and enriching the soils
Providing and active Mulch/Soil protection
Attracting pollinators and good insects
Food source for animals and humans
Serves as decoy crops
Great for wildlifing the garden
“Wildflowers aren’t meant to be cut & tamed. They’re meant to be loved & admired.
Anthony T. Hincks
Clover is also known as Trefoil.
|This little beauty can be in salads raw, or you can sauté them. The flowers can make tea if dried or decoratives in puddings and desserts, and they can be used to form part of your lawn, as they are soft underfoot, and the bees love them too.|
Just be aware that clover is quite invasive.
You can grow some clover before turning your raised beds in for the winter months and digging into the soil and covered. Clover also provides nitrogen to the ground and is great as a replacement fertilizer, so there is no need for artificial fertilizers with clover growing. The growing of clovers can also help to reduce soil compaction.
There is another beauty to clover, and that is it can act as a form of ‘Living Mulch‘ which can prove beneficial to some gardeners as a way of reducing weed growth.
Savvy gardeners could easily incorporate clovers to work as a pathway between their crop lines if carefully considered into the gardening layout.
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|I hope you enjoyed C for Clover, and I’ll see you again soon.|
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