- As you don't have to spend so much time keeping the lawn trim, you can simply be enjoying the great outdoors instead :)
- Your garden will become a haven for bees and butterflies and other insects which are under threat
- It is so pretty. Your green grass with have yellow, white, purple, pink and blue blossoms all over, a truly beautiful picture to look out onto...
- You can eat the weeds! Dandelion, plantain and clover to name a few. These wild plants and flowers are packed with so much nutrition, you don't need to eat that much of it to get benefits. Free superfoods!
- If you have cats, they like to hide in the grass. It is the perfect hiding place for them to lie in wait to attack your feet when you're out putting the washing on the line....
As there is so much of it, I thought the bees wouldn't miss a few flowers so I decided to make a red clover risotto with it - and it tasted divine!
Red clover risotto serves 4
2 handfuls of red clover flowers, rinsed well and chopped roughly
1 large red onion
2 cloves garlic
1 red bell pepper
2 handfuls of fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 cups of short grain brown rice
2 cups of fresh broad beans or peas
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a pan over a very low heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute on a very gentle heat for 10 mins. Add the rice, clover and vegetables and enough stock to cover the rice and come above 2cm over the top, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer.
Simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender - keep an eye on the rice and if it is getting too dry add more stock.
When the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked (with a little bite left to it), add the parsley, salt and pepper. If you are making the non-vegan option, add the cheese now. Stir to mix and serve with a green salad.