I have been busy popping broad bean seeds into the soil throughout the garden. These I will let grow to a reasonable height before digging them into the soil. Any leguminous plant ( peas, all variety of beans, clovers, alfalfa ) will have the same function, to fix nitrogen from the air for plant use. It is fact that legumes are our best builders of a balanced and healthy soil for the quality crops we expect as Organic gardeners. It is proven that a hectare of legumes dug or plowed into the soil will contribute all the plant food that will be required for a healthy and nutritious crop. It is in the nitrogen production from the air that is equivalent of well over ten tons of manure to each hectare of land. 

These plantings  coincide with an article I read in Nature magazine which says that the world’s extraordinary population growth is down…

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