We recently wrote a lawn post, where we encouraged you to add white clover to any lawn overseeding this spring: Clover adds nitrogen to the soil so it’s an excellent organic amendment to any lawn. I have always bought my clover seeds at Farm Co-ops out of town, and didn’t know where you could buy the seed in bulk in Toronto. Happily, yesterday, I discovered a local source of white clover: Plant World on Eglinton, just east of Royal York. Plant World is another gardening institution in Toronto, with 6 generations of family owner and operators. Read about it here.
I’d never been to Plant World before and was pleasantly surprised to find an excellent new garden-supply destination. It’s huge, and they sell everything. (Good stuff and not so good, like many garden stores. I’m surprised how many garden suppliers still sell poisons and non-organic garden “solutions”. Scares me that there is still a demand for them) Anyway, they do also sell plenty of the good stuff, including these small bags of white clover seeds for $10. (500 grams of seed)
Clover seeds are small, and a little goes a long way. You can mix clover with grass seed, or simply sow just clover on empty patches of lawn. Unlike grass, it’s salt resistant, so it will grow on areas next to sidewalks and driveways. For ideal germination success, roughen up the soil a bit first with a cultivator, and add a thin layer compost or triple mix for the germinating seeds to get their teeth into. Then tromp it down to get good contact with the soil. Water lightly.
On my trip to Plant World I also picked up some small pots of succulents (a growing passion) and some very healthy and reasonably priced pansies, and I’ll be planting them outside today. Finally something to go with the pussy willows I picked up at Canada Blooms that have been stuck by themselves in a planter since mid-March.