"The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange their own food, energy and shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves." - Bill Mollison

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Nature's Fertilizer

I woke to the most ominous clouds this morning. Nature had decided to fix our gardens with an abundance of atmospheric nitrogen fertilizer today in the form of light hail and quite a bit of snow. This is very good for the lovage as well as all the other plants in the food garden as long as Mother Nature gets the application right, sometimes she goes a bit over board...especially with the hail.

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The air is very high in nitrogen and plants need this to assist with photosynthesis. Lightning converts some of this nitrogen into a form that plants can use, this is called "fixed" nitrogen. Certain plants such as legumes and clover have bacteria in their roots and can fix their own nitrogen. Many plants need a little help with this and rain and hail brought on by sever weather can be a great source for them. Have you ever noticed how fast everything, especially nitrogen loving plants like corn, grow after a thunderstorm...nature takes care of it's own. If we let it.

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Neither rain, nor hail or even snow will hinder these plants...this garden must grow.

2 comments:

Silke said...

Well, this is going to make me look at our frequent spring thunderstorms in a whole new way! Thanks!!

Mr. H said...

Hi Silke,

It certainly allows one to have a more optimistic outlook regarding the weather.

I really admire your artwork,

Mike

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