Tuesday, May 20

Tuesday Farm Photo:
Building Up The Soil Organically - And Beautifully

Patch of Crimson Clover on a Nearby Farm

A year of Farm Photos ago:
5/16/07: Yard Art
5/19/07: Patiently Waiting for Snow

Two years ago:
Lilac Iris
5/18/06: Found in the Forest, Photo 1 of 4
5/19/06: Found in the Forest, Photo 2 of 4
5/20/06: Found in the Forest, Photo 3 of 4

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  1. Huh. I wonder if we have any clover? I think so, if the sheep haven't eaten it all. I should look. If we do, it certainly doesn't have those pretty red flowers on it, and now I have "Crimson and cloooover, over and ooooover," in my head. Thanks for that.

  2. Wait--so if I plant some of this red clover (that I mostly see planted in pastures and the medians of interstate highways). my chicken will love it? Hmmm. Must locate source of red clover seeds.

  3. Great. This is what I get for reading Kristin's comment before I posted my own. I now have that song on loop in my head. I've completely forgotten what I wanted to say.

  4. Hi Kristin,
    There are many different kinds of clover. Here on the farm we have white clover, red clover, and hop clover - which has tiny yellow flowers and apparently tastes very sweet - growing in the fields. We've never planted crimson clover, but as soon as I saw this big plot I fell in love. It was gorgeous!

    Miss Kitty!
    So nice to hear from you. Okay, now I need to post a little disclaimer here. As I mentioned above, we don't have any actual crimson clover on the farm, so I don't know how chickens feel about it. I do know that our chickens like to eat the various clovers we have here - along with pretty much any other green forage crop. I can't make any promises, but if it's green and growing Myrtle Mae will probably like it! ; )

    Hi C/J,
    I totally sympathize. I've had that song going through my head since Sunday - rejuvenated now by these comments. But when I posted this photo I figured I'd better not mention it or I might start getting hate comments. ; )

  5. Thanks for your reply, Farmgirl! I'll give the red clover thing a try before the Georgia weather gets too hot and humid. Anything to help Myrtle Mae get fresh, healthy food is worth a try.

    And I've just been lurking lately--I don't think I could go for long without checking Farmgirl Fare! :-)

  6. Just to avoid confusion down the road for those of you who might go in search of seed to plant, Crimson clover (as shown in the photo) is a different variety from "Red" clover, which has flowers that are actually a lavender color. Why the powers that be chose to name a purple flowered clover "red"' is beyond me!

    Hope this helps.


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