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the accidental polyculture, and id a clover?

 
Leila Rich
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Here's a bed about 4m by 1.5 that I direct-sowed carrots, beetroot, turnips, kohlrabi in blocks
and interplanted leeks, lettuce, coriander, standard celery, dill, salad radishes...
Up came: red Russian kale, picking celery, parsley, parsnip, a clover I can't identify with red leaf-blotches,
daikon, calendula and many, many others.
Believe it or not, I've already thinned rather brutally!

The windbreak fence serves a few purposes:
I get major autumn gales, the barrier will hopefully keep the carrot root fly at bay
and the neighbourhood cats think my place makes an awesome toilet

Can anyone id this clover?
It showed up in some seed, and while I'm leaving it there for now
I do find clovers are generally a bit 'pushy' to have in with annuals.


 
S Bengi
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Your fall garden is looking awesome. Pretty soon you can probably stop saving/buying seeds.
 
Leila Rich
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S Bengi wrote:Your fall garden is looking awesome. Pretty soon you can probably stop saving/buying seeds.

Definitely like to stop buying seed, although I grow various brassica oleracea
and I'd need to learn lots more tricks to avoid cross-pollination-
they'll give it up for any old member of the species

I actually really enjoy the seed saving process,
and if the root veges only self-seeded I wouldn't be able to do even my rather casual version of a rotation!

 
Rose Pinder
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Hi Leila, the clover is probably Medicago arabica

http://naturewatch.org.nz/taxa/61012-Medicago-arabica

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/151726284
 
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