Re: [tomato] Tomato Digest V1 #154 (
Sat, 27 Feb 1999 19:56:11 EST

A look at your list and a little knowledge of chemistry and biology will tell
you that all of these necessary ingredients are minerals.  As I mentioned in a
previous post, it is a little known fact that plants don't just slurp these
things up all by themselves.  They use mycorrhiza.  The mycorrhiza may or may
not be available in the manure.  

I got this from Louis' link contribution:
Did you know that rodents play an important role in natural dispersal of
mycorrhizal fungi? Both ectomycorrhizal (ECM) and vesicular-arbuscular
mycorrhizal (VAM) fungi get a free ride from rodents! 

Some of the helpful creatures include squirrels, voles, gophers, pocket mice,
and kangaroo rats. Even so, other kinds of animals, especially earthworms, may
be the best vectors. 

You should also know that if you pluralize the word as Mycorrhizae you can
spell it out to the tune of  the Mickey Mouse Club March!    

Linda Kuczwanski

In a message dated 2/27/99 6:44:15 PM Central Standard Time, writes:

 According to Readers Digest book of Organic Gardening by Geoff Hamilton 
 the average plant needs the following to grow properly
 Nitrogen 1.5%            Iron 0.01%
 Phosphorus 0.15%         Zinc 0.002%
 Potassium 1.5%           Copper 0.00006%
 Magnesium 0.2%           Magaganese 0.005%
 Calcium 0.5%             Boron  0.002%
 Sulphur 0.1%             Molydbenum  0.00001%
 Some plants require a little more or less nitrogen or a little 
 more or less phosphorus than others. If all this is avaiable
 should have no problem growing what you want. All of it is
 avaiable in manure. With most commercial fertilizers you need to
 add some magnesium.
 As long as the soil is at the right pH plants will absorb all these
 nutiments and give you the maximum growth and friut
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