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Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

October 26, 2009
6:29 PM

Post #7210518

I've come across the related concept, perennial Clover is planted in Orchards to provide a Nitrogen source for the trees. I found a statemtent on there being an 18 month lag before the Clover would start to release Nitrogen for the trees to use, so its not immediate but will have good long-term effects. People will also grow Clover in lawns for the same reason.

I also will re-iterate the use of organic fertilizers. The Rhizobium bacterium that do the Nitrogen fixing can be sensitive to chemical fertilizers. Using a chemical fertilizer may undo what you are trying to do with the cover crop.
Hayesville, NC
(Zone 7a)

October 27, 2009
3:30 AM

Post #7212458

Good to know!!
Beverly Hills, CA

November 7, 2009
5:06 PM

Post #7250486

Hi dparsons,

Thank you for that. Yep... chemicals will completely undue any efforts one makes to create healthy soil. I appreciate your comments and wish you all the best.


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