CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Trifolium hybridum. Despite its Latin name, this is an open pollinated species of clover that is native to Europe. Alsike Clover Organic grows where many other clovers will not. It tolerates heavy clay soil, and even areas prone to flooding. It fixes nitrogen, and makes an excellent forage for honey bees, bumble bees, and other pollinators. It is a weak-stemmed plant that uses neighbouring grasses to keep it upright to a height of around 40cm (16"), though it can grow a little taller in high grasses. This perennial clover can also be mowed back fairly hard when needed. It is best suited to cool summer growing in full sun. Alsike can fix 60-120 lbs of Nitrogen per acre per year. It is hardy to Zone 3.
Note: Alsike can be toxic to horses, so it should not be used in grazing pastures. If grown for hay, it should be kept to less than 5% of the total mass.
Cover cropping is a seasonal process in every well-managed sustainable garden or farm. Planting cover crop seeds is easy. Useful in weed suppression, they are important in building soil structure and add nutrients and organic matter to soils. Many of the cover crops we sell not only perform all those useful functions within your growing space but also serve to support beneficial insect populations and provide a secondary harvest of grain, if you choose to allow the crops to go to seed. Just follow this handy How to Grow Cover Crops from seed guide below.