Harvesting Red Clover

I love red clover and so do bees!

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In my garden I have two long patches of red clover which I planted from seed a few years ago. Never have to plant it again for it comes back every year, stronger and more beautiful than ever it seems; if I didn’t keep it cut back it would take over the whole garden.

In the photo below you can see just a small section of a long clover patch. If you look closely you can see some potato plants also growing along with the clover. These potato plants came up from potatoes I missed last year when digging them up. I miss some every year so I end up with bonus potatoes.  Growing in the clover patch might be a good thing as I haven’t seen any Colorado potato beetles this year so far on the potato plants. I used to plant a row of potatoes and keep the row tidy with only potato plants. This year the potatoes came up willy-nilly in the clover so maybe they were more hidden? Or was this just a good year without potato beetles?

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Red clover blossoms can be eaten fresh or dried. I collect the best-looking flowers on sunny mornings, place them on a wire rack in an upstairs room where they stay warm and dry. It takes a few days for the clover to nicely dry and then I put them in a glass jar with tight lid to use in making herb teas for my family.

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