This lovely field of Crimson Clover is located at the corner of Lee Lane and Haymakertown Road in western Botetourt County. Many folks have asked what it is. The field is normally a cornfield so likely the farmer is resting his field with a nutrient rich clover crop. Field Daisies dot the red in places, too! Beautiful Botetourt in the Spring of 2012.
“Crimson clover is one of the best plants you can grow in a vegetable garden, even though it will not ever cross your plate. Why? Because crimson clover is a cover crop–a plant grown over the winter to help suppress weeds, prevent erosion and build healthier soil. Cover crops are also known as “green manures” because they add valuable organic matter and nutrients to the soil. Crimson clover is an excellent cover crop because it helps fix nitrogen into the soil and its beautiful maroon flowers lure beneficial insects into the garden in spring.” by Walt Galloway.-
Here’s a song from the 60s by Tommy James and the Shondells to go with it! “Crimson and Clover”