Rene Nijstad wrote:When we just started out at our place we put a lot of time in irrigation, using the water from our dams. As far as we could see it didn't help all that much at all. Rain however does... So we can also confirm there is a difference. But our explanation seems to be different.
Our soils are pretty alkaline, so when rainwater comes in contact with it, it dissolves the calcium and other elements creating alkaline water in our dams and ponds. When we then water with it we seem to increase the alkalinity of the soils around the plants. When it rains however the opposite seems to happen, the rain then actually flushes some of the salts and calcium deeper down into the ground, helping the soil life to create a better balance. At least we think this is what's happening here.
The role mycorrhizal fungi play. They attach to plant roots and even stretch into the rootcells, significantly expanding the rootzone. They are basically everywhere in the soil acting as a giant sponge sucking up all vapor and transporting it toward the plant in exchange for sugar. It could explain why even a brief shower pirks up so many plants as well.
Hugo Morvan wrote:...
My theory formed recently since my daughter read in a book plants have 15 senses more then we do. ...
Mo-om! You're embarassing me! Can you just read a tiny ad like a normal person?
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