This year (2006) has been a good year for plants in that it has rained well and the earth has absorbed all the water.
When it rains well like this year, we observe that the plants sprouts are healthier. I always say that rainwater seems like it carries fertilizer, but the reality is that the rainwater is so pure, that when it comes in contact with the soil it reactivates all the micro-organisms and transforms all the minerals helping plants to assimi-late them well. For this reason, it is necessary to work the soil at least 10-15 cm deep to oxygenize this layer, as the roots that feed the plants are in this zone. The roots that go deeper are to hold the plant in the soil. When it rains so much, the weeds grow thickly along roads or paths. They can be cut, but will grow back again. To avoid their reproduction we can use herbicides. Most recently, there have been experiments in many kinds and classes of herbicides, so we know which are good, not harming the land or plants. There are many different types of herbicides. I think it is best to choose a herbicide that kills the weed all the way to the root. These are “total”, meaning that, those that we wet with the herbicide will dry out, so we should apply the treatment on days where there is no wind, and the weeds are not wet.
Another important way that rainwater benefits the plants is that the new sprouts are so strong and healthy that it seems that the plants create their own defence system against insects and fungus. It also helps the natural biological battle, with the good insects winning over the bad ones. Therefore, this year we should have fewer aphids and other pests. That does not mean that we will not have woodlouse, worms, and some pests when it gets hot, so we cannot let our guard down.
In gardening and agriculture, no matter how much one studies, one never knows enough because plants reactions depend on many factors and vary a lot from year to year. I encourage you to observe plants growth to understand their language; they do not speak, but the leaves do give us signs with their symptoms. “Come on, doctors!”.•
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