Nitrogen Fixer

Showy Tick Trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

Very excited about the recent discovery of a plant called Showy Tick Trefoil (Desmodium canadense).  Its a nitrogen fixing plant and a legume species, which is easy to see with the pea pods on the stems.  The pods are very sticky and when you walk by one, they stick to your clothing(or fur as was intended) and help with the dispersal of the seeds.

showy tick trefoil Desmodium

Nitrogen fixing plants are one of the main types of plants we are relying on to replace the spraying of fertilizers. These nitrogen fixers will help facilitate beneficial bacteria called rhizobia on their roots which provide other nearby plants like fruit trees with nutrients that might otherwise have to be given via chemicals.

Showy Tick Trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

And since we have found these beneficial plants already on our land…..they are free!  And when the time is right (fall) we will move some of these tick trefoil to areas near our planted fruit trees to aid in their growth.

– Jon

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