Miniclover® White Clover Seeds For Clover Lawns
Miniclover® (Trifolium repens) is a perennial white clover only growing to approximately 4 – 6 inches tall making it ideal for a lawn alternative or to mix with your current lawn grass. Miniclover®, a very small leaved white clover, also produces stolons so that it can spread itself evenly over the ground. Adding just 2 – 5% of Miniclover® to the grass seed mixture will result in a much-improved lawn. It has all the benefits of regular white clover just packed into smaller leaves. Miniclover’s ability to pull nitrogen from the air and fix or convert it to a usable form by the plants makes it a great companion for turf grass varieties just. This is due to nitrogen fixation benefiting the turf grass plants as well producing a healthy, dense, and naturally fertilized clover lawn that will require very little fertilizer maintenance. The dense clover growth alongside the growth of the turf grass will help prevent the establishment of new weeds. In addition, Miniclover® is very tolerant to low mowing heights so if this microclover is not dwarf enough you can easily mow it down to achieve the perfect clover lawn. Miniclover® is very low maintenance and it helps to carry this characteristic to what ever it may be planted with. Miniclover® will flower once a year in the summer for about 1 month if it is not mowed. Great lawn alternative!
The No-Mow Solution
Only growing to approximately 4 – 6 inches tall making it ideal for a lawn addition or alternative. Miniclover is adapted to a wide range of climatic and soil conditions.
MiniClover | The lazy-lawn
Alternative or Additive
A short clover only growing to approximately 4 – 6 inches tall making it an ideal lawn alternative. Or, add miniclover to an existing lawn
Adding even a very small amount of miniclover to an existing lawn will improve the color, increase drought tolerance, and crowd out weeds. Miniclover has such tiny leaves when mowed and short stems, that from a distance it blends in discretely with the appearance of the your lawn.
Miniclover is very tolerant to low mowing heights so if this microclover is not dwarf enough you can easily mow it down to achieve the perfect clover lawn.
- Drought resistant
- Does well in partially shaded areas
- 4 – 6 inches tall
- Remains greener much longer than lawn grasses
- Superior wear tolerance
- Very easy to grow and establish
Miniclover takes nitrogen out of the air, bringing this most essential fertilizer "down-to-earth" for your soil by means of nitrogen-fixing bacteria living in nodes along the roots. planted in warm temperatures and kept moist, you will have sprouts typically within 5 – 7 days.
- Fixes soil nitrogen for a green, lush, and thick lawn
- Replace lawn grass entirely for a no-mow lawn
- Can be trained to only grow to 3 inches after a few mowings
The sustainable and cost effective choice
Requires less fertilizer and less water than traditional grass. Waste less! The cost of either adding Miniclover to an existing lawn seed mix or replacing a lawn completely is typically recovered during the first year. It tolerates wet and partially shady conditions, as well as drought. However, it can only tolerate wet conditions as long as the area is not flooded for long periods.
Mixed with grasses, Miniclover® grows around the grass plants and feeds your grass nitrogen for you. The nitrogen continues to be released into the soil during the growing season until the first night frosts occur. The nitrogen is therefore available when and where it is needed. Of course, all at no cost to you, in terms either of money or of maintenance., and so there is no risk of leaching, nor is there a risk of fertilizer burning in the field.
In the opinion of many turf managers, the wear tolerance of turf containing Miniclover® is superior to traditional lawn grasses. Miniclover permanently fertilizes the sward, thus increasing its wear tolerance.
Low-growing means less mowing
Miniclover reaches a mature height of only 4 – 6 inches. Even better, after the first few mowings, your Miniclover will be trained to only grow to a height of
3 inches. For many, this is an optimal height and thus will not need to be mowed from then on!
Miniclover is very low maintenance and it helps to carry this characteristic to what ever it may be planted with. Miniclover will flower once a year in the summer for about 1 month if it is not mowed. Great lawn alternative!
Other white clovers looks considerably different to turf grass as the leaf blades are twice the size and may stand out like a sore thumb. Miniclover® and microclovers have such tiny leaves when mowed and short stems, that from a distance it blends in very nicely in to the appearance of your lawn. It does well in partially shaded areas that receive at least some direct sunshine during a day. Miniclover® is evenly distributes itself in lawns; therefore, it doesn’t have the patchy and weedy appearance as seen with ordinary white clover.
Superior drought tolerance
The image to the left demonstrates the drought tolerance of Miniclover and its ability to pass that benefit on to turf grass. The highlighted plot is a mixture of typical lawn grass and miniclover, the surrounding plots are all different kinds of popular lawn grasses.
After establishment, the none of the plots were watered for two weeks! The picture was taken at the end of that two weeks. As you can see, the plot with Miniclover stayed healthy and green — not only the Miniclover itself, but also the turf grass it was mixed with benefitted from the deep Miniclover roots.
White clover remains greener much longer than lawn grasses do, in both drought and cold conditions. Lawns containing Miniclover® are a brighter green earlier and later in the year. It has a good summer color, as it is particularly resistant to drought because of its deep rooting system.
Miniclover® is adapted to a wide range of climatic and soil conditions. It tolerates wet and partially shady conditions, as well as drought. However, it can only tolerate wet conditions as long as the area is not flooded for long periods. The type of shade normally occurring in parks and on golf courses is not a problem for Miniclover® or other dwarf, low growing, microclovers. White clover can also help aerate the soil, thus reducing concerns over soil compaction. White clover tolerates compacted soil better than lawn grass does. It has longer roots, enabling it to access water at deeper levels than most lawn grasses. If you’re interested in cheap, low-maintenance lawn alternatives to grass, Miniclover® is the perfect solution and is easy to plant from bulk clover seeds. Add it to your existing lawn to improve overall lawn health or use as a complete lawn alternative.
If Miniclover® is not cut then the leaf size increases, the more it is cut then the smaller the leaf size. When Miniclover® or micro clover lawns are not mowed at all, the leaf size will be about 1/2 the size of White Dutch Clover. When it is mowed, new leaf heads form within a few days so it continually looks thick and lush. If the clover lawn is never mowed, it will get approximately 6 inches tall. If you mow it, it will want to quit growing just slightly taller than the height it was mowed at. For example, if you mow it at a height of 3 inches, it will head back out and quit growing at a height of approximately 4 inches. In other words, you can almost "train" its growing height with infrequent mowings. The white microclover lawn is very dense, very lush, and very beautiful.
The improved wear tolerance of Miniclover® is very important, particularly for areas of sports fields or clover lawns where ground cover can be difficult to retain due to dogs or other heavy traffic. Adding Miniclover® or micro clovers to the grass not only improves wear tolerances, helps to aerate the soil, adds natural nitrogen to the soil, but it also results in an improved tolerance to cutting, allowing lower mowing heights to make a good clover seed ground cover.
5 Mini melons for small gardens and containers
Melons do not mind their manners – at least as far as their growth habits are concerned. A single rambling vine a of standard melon variety can cover up to 100 square feet of garden space, and many gardeners don’t have that kind of room to spare. It’s sad to think that delicious and nutritious homegrown melons are taken off the menus of many gardeners because of space restrictions. This is specially true knowing that it doesn’t have to be this way. Bush-type mini melons for small gardens are the perfect choice, taking up little room yet producing much like their full-sized brethren.
5 favorite mini melons for small gardens and containers:
1. ‘Golden Jenny’ is a yellow-fleshed, short-statured variant of the classic, green-fleshed heirloom variety ‘Jenny Lind’. Both selections are unique for the knob, or turban, at the blossom end of each fruit. ‘Golden Jenny’s’ golden flesh is super sweet and her netted green skin turns yellow when the fruits are ripe. They also slip easily from the vine. An early, productive variety that matures in about 75 days, ‘Golden Jenny’s short, bushy vines don’t take up much room but produce quite prolifically. (Seed Source)
2. ‘Minnesota Midget’ is a personal favorite for its fast maturation – it reaches maturity in a mere 70 days – and its sugary sweet flesh. The very small, very compact plants reach only three to four feet across yet still produce numerous fruits, up to six per plant! The orange-fleshed fruits are small, measuring only four inches across, making this variety an exceptional choice for container growing, too. (Seed Source)
3. ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was introduced in the late 1990s and is best known for its compact vine and delicious yellow-orange fleshed fruits. Ripe fruits reach only a half pound in weight and the netted skin has deep ribbing and turns a pale yellow when ripe. Plants reach maturity in 85 days. (Seed Source)
4. ‘Green Machine’ matures in 85 days and bears fruit that is absolutely incredible – not only in flavor and appearance, but also in number. The compact vines produce mass quantities of two pound melons, each with lovely green flesh that tastes divine. The skin is netted and fruits fall from the vine when ripe. (Seed Source)
5. ‘Honey Bun’ is a bush variety that is not only compact in stature, but also bears the cutest lil’ fruits. Measuring just five inches across, each honey-flavored fruit has deep orange flesh and a classic, netted cantaloupe skin. Each vine produces three or four fruits in about 75 days that fall from the vine when ripe. (Seed Source)
How to grow mini melons
- Select a site that receives at least eight hours of full sun per day.
- Work compost or another source of organic matter into the soil before planting.
- Wait to plant until the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed.
- Sow seeds directly into the garden (or container), 1 inch deep and 18 inches apart.
- Mini melons need ample moisture throughout their growing season. Irrigate the planting bed or container regularly and do not let it dry out completely.
- If you’re growing these mini melons for small gardens in the ground, a 2-3 inch thick layer of straw mulch helps keep the roots moist and limit weed competition.
- If you’re growing them in containers, use a liquid organic fertilizer (my favorite is this one) every three weeks throughout the growing season.
- These mini melons will be ready to harvest when they easily slip from the vine
I’m sure you’ll find these mini melons for small gardens to be as delicious and productive as I do.
Have you grown mini melons before? Which varieties are your favorites? We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below.
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