In Clover

Anne Hars and Bill Wheelock

Portraits of seed bombs made from financial newspapers, rainwater, soil, and clover.

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,

One clover, and a bee,

And revery.

The revery alone will do,

If bees are few.

-Emily Dickinson


In Clover is an expression referring to a carefree lifestyle of comfort and prosperity. "Seed Bombs" can be made from soil and seeds and planted into any vacant area as a practice of Guerilla Gardening, a form of volunteer urban beautification.

Clover is a sustainable cover crop traditionally planted in fallow fields to fertilize the soil. Not only can it provide a valuable habitat for beneficial insects like honeybees, but it can also reduce erosion and increase the soil's capacity to hold water. Clover chokes out weeds and brings minerals from deep in the ground close to the surface. The bacteria rhizobium, which lives in a symbiotic relationship on the roots of clover, helps to fix (or make available) nitrogen, an essential agricultural nutrient.

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