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Agricology Field Day: Talking diverse pastures

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14 August 2019
Agricology Field Day: IPM and biological control

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19 July 2019
Roger Kerr joins ORC Council

Changes to our Council of Management

28 June 2019
The Summer Bulletin No.128 is out!

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21 March 2019
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Legumes in fertility-building leys

Category: News
23 April 2014


Sweetclover root system (Photo:Cotswold Seeds)

Large birdsfoot trefoil, Meadow Pea and White Sweetclover profiled

Although many organic farmers rely on white and red clover to provide fertility, there are many more leguminous species available with interesting traits. In the fourth part of a series of articles on lesser-known legumes (first published in the Organic Grower) Dr. Thomas Döring reviews three more species; Large Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus pedunculatus), Meadow Pea (Lathyrus pratensis) and White Sweetclover (Melilotus alba), using information from the literature and the Legume LINK project, which was led by the Organic Research Centre from 2008 to 2012.

Download the article here

See article one in the series: Sainfoin and birdsfoot trefoil

See article two in the series: Alsike and crimson clovers

See article three in the series: Black medic and lucerne

See final report of LegLINK here

Thanks to The Organic Growers Alliance for permission to use the article

Keywords: legumes large birdsfoot trefoil meadow pea white sweetclover green manures

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