17 Essential Plant Nutrients and Their Role in Plant Health

There are 90 or more plant nutrients, 17 of which are essential to plant health. Nickle was the newest to the list in the 1980’s. 3 are considered Basic Macronutrients or atmospheric elements and are usually available in sufficient quantities through air, water and soil. Note: Nitrogen is also considered an atmospheric element, as air consists of 78% nitrogen (N2). However, atmospheric nitrogen is not … Continue reading 17 Essential Plant Nutrients and Their Role in Plant Health

Mycorrhizae Fungi -Your Plants Ticket to Good Health

What are Mycorrhizae Fungi? The word Mycorrhizae literally means ‘Fungus Root’ coming from the Greek words ‘mycos’ meaning fungus, and ‘rhiza’ meaning root.  Mycorrhizae are special soil fungi that form a symbiotic relationship with plant roots. In this association both organisms’ benefit. The fungi attach themselves to the roots and feed on the sugars (carbon) produced by the plant during photosynthesis. In exchange the fungi … Continue reading Mycorrhizae Fungi -Your Plants Ticket to Good Health

SOIL TEXTURE AND SOIL STRUCTURE

Soil Texture Is one of the most important things to know about your soil. Soil is comprised of different sizes of mineral particles. The relative amounts of each of these different sized particles constitute a soils texture. There are 3 main soil textures; sandy, silty or clayey and there are pluses and minuses to each one. Get a container and collect a small sample of … Continue reading SOIL TEXTURE AND SOIL STRUCTURE