How your Garden Grows


Plant Nutrition

    What your garden uses during the course of the day. Understanding the proper balance of nutrient in your garden is the best way to provide adequately for your herbs and food bearing plants, which, in turn benefits the gardener . 


    Here is a very basic breakdown of the elements themselves and their function in the garden. 


    While it is possible to include all of these elements and minerals to the garden in a natural and organic way, to include them in a manner that is convenient to you is more important to the growth of the plants, than not to provide them. 


    Mineral/ Element

    Chemical Letter

    How the plant uses the element
    Nitrogen

    N

    Plant growth; proteins; enzymes; hormones; photosynthesis
    Sulphur

    S

    Amino acids and proteins; chlorophyll; disease resistance; seed production
    Phosphorus

    P

    Energy compounds; root development; ripening; flowering
    Potassium

    K

    Fruit quality; water balance; disease resistance
    Calcium

    Ca

    Cell walls; root and leaf development; fruit ripening and quality
    Magnesium

    Mg

    Chlorophyll (green colour); seed germination
    Copper

    Cu

    Chlorophyll; protein formation
    Zinc

    Zn

    Hormones/enzymes; plant height
    Manganese

    Mn

    Photosynthesis; enzymes
    Iron

    Fe

    Photosynthesis
    Boron

    B

    Development/growth of new shoots and roots; flowering, fruit set and development
    Molybdenum

    Mo

    Nitrogen metabolism. (Without it the plant cannot process the nitrogen you may be adding)
    Chloride

    Cl

    Photosynthesis; gas exchange; water balance