You reap what you sow
You get out what you put in
And so on
I keep reading about how good compost makes good soil, and feeds your plants. PH testing, acidic and non-acidic soil and all that stuff.
But the bottom line really is that you get out of it all what you put in. So if you want lovely healthy succulent fruit and vegetables, you feed your plants a good balanced diet. All seems to be common sense really.
What then makes a plant happy?
To put it really really basically.
Plants need nitrogen, phosphates and sun shine to grow strong and healthy, and here’s why.
We are told that a good balanced diet is important, this includes protein for strong muscles and bones and unprocessed sugars for energy. Well it turns out that plants are the root source of these compounds.
Did you know that plants make protein from nitrogen? It’s part of our DNA and 78% of nitrogen comes from the air around us, bacterias in the ground and water absorb the nitrogen and feed it to the plants as they drink, because plants and animals don’t have the mechanisms to absorb it directly from the air.
Plants also need photosynthesis to survive and grow, but why?
Photosynthesis is the process by which plants take energy from the suns rays and converts it into sugar using the phosphate molecule. Phosphates come from the soil and organic matter. It’s like a mini explosion that creates sugar on a molecular level.
I stress that this is a really basic explanation and I’d recommend you head over to BBC Bitesize if you’re doing research for your homework.
Anyway, so we now have protein and sugar in our plant. It’s the beginning of the great food chain.
So in a nut shell, quite literally, this is how we and other animals, fish and birds obtain energy and protein, by eating plants. I’m quite blown away by that.
We therefore need to make sure our plants get fed good rich soil full of rotting organic matter to make phosphates and bacteria to absorb nitrogen, then just add plenty of sunlight. Without these three key elements, we just don’t survive.
So the moto to this little biology tale is quite simply, to look after your soil, rivers and oceans first and foremost, because what you put in them dictates how healthy your plants will become, and how healthy you and all other life in the food chain feels after eating them.
Worship your compost, feed it as you would prepare a good wholsome recipe and your harvest will be glorious.
For further reading on the fundamentals of biology and other stuff, check out this schools research and revision website. You’re never too old to learn.
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