Cover crops, also called green manure, are widely used in rotation with vegetables or field crops as a reseeding cover crop between rows in vineyards, berries, and fruit and nut orchards. Legumes, such as commonly used Crimson Clover are nitrogen “fixers.” Beneficial bacteria in legume root nodules take nitrogen from the air and supply it to the plant. When the cover crop decomposes, some of the nitrogen becomes available to other plants.
Benefits of using crimson clover as a cover crop include:
- Nitrogen Fixation
- Improve Soil Quality
- Weed Suppression
- Erosion Control
- Atrracts Beneficial Insects
- Builds Soil Organic Matter
- Increases Moisture Holding Capacity
- Reseeding potential in perennial systems
More than 95% of crimson clover seed in the United States is produced in western Oregon. The clover seeds grown in Oregon are primarily red, crimson, arrowleaf, and white or Ladino. Red, crimson, and arrowleaf clover seed is grown mostly in the north valley, Washington, Yamhill, and Polk counties. All that’s needed is to seed it in, water a couple of times until the rains start, it’s left through winter and dug or tilled in the spring.
Few sights are more vibrant and beautiful than blankets of blooming crimson clover across the landscape. Take a scenic drive along the backroads in search of the Crimson Clover Fields now through July. Better yet, get an insider tip from your hosts at a Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast.
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