Clovers for nitrogen fixation


Arable Farmer
I'm a simple homegrower and I've been using legumes for nitrogen fixation for some time, which has saved me the hassle and money of applying ammonia fertilizer.

Now, I've recently become aware that clovers are too, legumes, and they too, form nitrogen nodules for nitrogen fixation and I came with the idea of:

1. Growing it on bags that allow me easy access to root systems.

2. Prune some of the roots.

3. Throw these nitrogen rich roots into compost, to enrich it (which can help a lot in places where food scraps are scarce).

You think this is a good idea? Is it worthwhile?


Yes, that might have some benefit but the root nitrogen goes to the leaves so mowing and composting foliage would be less stressful for the plant, just as effective at utilizing the nitrogen and much easier.


Rootgrow, a company that sells mycorhizal beneficial fungi raises the fungi in tubs sown with clover. There could, possibly, be some benefits to clover roots above the nitrogen content of they are mycorhizal.

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...