Listen to Your Weeds!

Put your ear to the ground and hear what your weeds are saying about your soil.


Weeds That Reveal Your Soil Is Rich

Fertile soil will often make its richness known by supporting happy and vigorous colonies of chickweed, henbit, and lamb's-quarter. In addition, a flush of redroot pigweed indicates an abundance of nitrogen in the soil, while knapweed and red clover reveal an excess of potassium. Spot lots of purslane and mustard? They could be telling you that your soil is rich in phosphorus.

To take full advantage of your soil's fertility, plant heavy feeders, such as corn, broccoli, lettuce, melons, squash, tomatoes, and peppers.

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