In Honor of St. Patty . . . Celebrate Clover
In celebration of clover, here are a few links to articles about all the reasons why you should be growing it in your landscape:
From Susan Harris and Roger Swain: http://www.sustainablegardeningblog.com/archives/61
Reasons to grow it in your lawn: http://lesslawn.com/articles/article1061.html
As a source of medicine: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-red-clover.html
As a mulch for tomatoes and other crops: http://www.selectedplants.com/mulch.htm. Years ago, when I interviewed the folks at Wilson Farms in Massachusetts about their tomato growing techniques, they raved about the benefits of clover as a mulch for several of their crops that were heavy nitrogen feeders.
The only significant drawback of clover in the lawn and landscape would be if you or your child is allergic to bee stings. That fear is how the chemical industry convinced us that clover is a weed in the first place. In that case, frequent mowings during the clover blooming season is typically all you need to do to take care of the issue.
Cheers to St. Patty!