Introduction to nitrogen-fixing
You probably already know this, but just in case... Don't forget the inoculent (tried spelling it three different ways. I'm sure it's wrong but you get the point) for your clover. I tried some without it and they were patchy at best. Then I tried WITH inoculation and had a nice thick patch of clover. I guess it really makes a difference.
I don't know why inoculant is so hard to spell, but I struggle with it too and seem to have to look it up every few weeks. Anyway, back to the point....
If you're not a gardener, you may not realize that nitrogen is usually the limiting ingredient in many plants' growth, and is thus one of the big three components of chemical fertilizers. Organic gardeners often add nitrogen to the soil with compost or manure, but others take advantage of nitrogen-fixing bacteria to turn the copious nitrogen in the atmosphere into nitrogen their plants can use. This week's lunchtime series will explore how this symbiosis can be worked to your advantage in the garden.
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