Peat humus seems to be one of those “magical” soil amendments that can fix whatever ails your garden (assuming you can find any to purchase). But is this perception accurate? Let’s find out.
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.
Lumpy strawberry, characteristic of boron deficiency 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…… Continue reading Boron in Plants
Aluminum toxicity in corn; note how the two center rows appear pale and stunted relative to the row on the right. Photo courtesy of USDA ARS. 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…… Continue reading Aluminum in Plants