GARDENING HEALTH

Gardening: They Do What With Their Nodules?! O_o

March 5th, 2013 3 Comments

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 the author

I’m a Goth/Hippie who loves to try new things and dabbles in anything and everything that I find enjoyment in. That can include but is not limited to, cooking, art, digital design, jewellery making, photography, gardening, nature, animals and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m an optimistic (occasionally) perfectionist (constantly), who can be very sarcastic (incessantly), but all in good humour. :)

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Nice gardening lesson today. Thank you, Professor! 🙂

 
    Chyina

    I don’t know if I’d so far as saying “professor”, trust me I am still learning a great deal. Here, before I met my partner, I thought I knew at least slightly above average about gardening. Boy was I wrong, lol. He puts me to shame sometimes. 😛 😉