Gardening: They Do What With Their Nodules?! O_o


29dac102c43518394910_aa0f5d2f2fI don’t know about you, but when I first started I knew very little about gardening.

 

Which is probably why I ended up with a lot of dead plants. O_o

 

It always seemed simple enough.  You plant a seed, water it, watch it grow.  Later on I learn all sorts of things that sound more scientific than simple gardening.  It’s always amazing to me the magic of what plants can do, and what they need to do it.  In this post I’m going to take a brief moment to give a couple of tips about making your garden healthier.

 

First things first, your plants need three basic, and highly important, things to survive and thrive.

 

Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K)

 

However, I will be focusing on nitrogen (N), or more specific, atmospheric nitrogen (N2).  Atmospheric nitrogen is a type of N that plants can’t use without a little magic. Simply put, N2 comes from the air, not the soil, and plants can’t “breath” it.

 

But guess what?  There are a number of plants that can take N2 and convert it in to usable N!  These plants have what’s called “Root Nodule Symbioses“.  In other words, in their roots they have bacteria that gathers and converts N2 from the air to N, which it then uses.  When that plant dies the usable N is transferred to the soil.  In the process it naturally fertilises the soil and feeds the other plants around it.  These types of plants have been used for many years in crop rotation, and in some cases still is with the occasional organic farm

 

You know, what people did before all the cheap, nasty chemical companies came along.  Funny how food tasted better way back when, isn’t it?  😐

 

The most common family of plants that have this ability are the “Legume” family, Fabaceae, but there are a few exceptions to this rule.  Below I will give you list of just some of those plants that can do this amazing thing for you gardens.  I highly recommend adding a couple to your little patches.  Some of the things listed are groups (such as beans), so keep in mind that the picture doesn’t always represent the only plant you can use.  😉

 

The Happy Little Helpers List

 

About Chyina

Well this is the part of websites/blogs that I don’t like, I have to admit. How is one suppose to describe oneself without coming across as egotistical or bragging? *sighs* I guess the best thing is to be truthful and simply short with what you have to say. Let the rest of the pages and entries speak for themselves. :) First, I like to think of myself as creative. I love art, music, writing, and a bunch of other things. Though we all are guilty of buying the massed produced, China imports, at the local ‘buy it all here’ stores. In the end I would much rather have a handcrafted item. There is simply something more unique about some that actually took thought and effort to get the end result.

Posted on March 5, 2013, in Gardening, Health and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nice gardening lesson today. Thank you, Professor! 🙂

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