• clover,  gardens,  lawns,  mono-culture

    Clover guilt

    It makes me sad to mow down the clover. I feel as if I’m depriving the bees of their dinner. Plus, I like clover. I like the way it smells and feels soft under my feet when I walk through it. I like that it is nature’s living nitrogen factory boosting the nutrient levels of the soil. I like to glimpse the cat lounging on a soft bed of clover as the sun shimmers across his golden coat. But city ordinances and disapproving looks from the neighbors being what they are, I mowed this morning and sheared the clover down to a swath of stems and a few low leaves.…