Healthy, nutrient-rich food starts with vibrant soil. You can build that vibrant soil in your backyard in 10 steps.
Potassium ions are found in every living cell, probably because they are necessary to activate enzymes controlling so many crucial processes.
Phosphorus is associated with fruit production in the minds of gardeners because it is the most important element for germination and growth.
By paying closer attention to what nature is telling us, we have an opportunity to bring our gardens back into balance.
Manganese is an important micronutrient. It helps to activate some of the key enzyme systems in plants. But it has many other roles, too.
Did you know that plants need iron? No iron, no chlorophyll, and therefore no photosynthesis.
You may be surprised to know that chlorine is an important nutrient in plants. It plays a key role in splitting water to produce oxygen.
To say that boron is important to plants would be the height of understatement. To put it more plainly, plants simply would not exist without boron. The reason boron is so crucial to plant health is that it is involved in ion exchange and the movement of other nutrients across cell membranes. Without boron, plants… Continue reading Boron in Plants
Most people probably don’t think of aluminum as a key nutrient for field, garden, or orchard crops, and indeed scientists don’t consider it essential for plant growth. Nevertheless, it appears to have an important role in keeping pathogens in check. In particular, we know that aluminum helps prevent late blight in potatoes, and it appears… Continue reading Aluminum in Plants
Broad-leaf wood-oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) is a very unique plant that goes by many names: Spangle grass. Indian wood-oats. Wild oats. River oats. Northern sea oats. Inland sea oats. The spikelets are the most distinctive feature, being flat, broadly oblong, and about 1/2 inch to 1-1/2 inch long and 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch wide. These… Continue reading Broad-Leaf Wood-Oats