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Old June 3, 2021   #1
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Default Nitrogen buddies

Thought I'd do an experiment this summer. Since legumes "fix" nitrogen in the soil, I planted a few bean and pea seeds in some of my larger tomato pots.
So let's see what happens. This could be a "free" way of getting extra N to the plants. At the very least, the tomato plant will provide support for the bean or pea.
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Old June 3, 2021   #2
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Hello, good experiment, you can also put the legume first in the garden in order for the Rhizobium bacteria to settle in the roots, this bacterium works in symbiosis with the plant and provides it with nitrogen that the bacteria captures, then it is move to the tomato pot, so there is more possibility, a greeting.
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I hope you post back your results

While researching companion planting and cover crops the other week, I formed the opinion from many of the university drafted articles that the plant won't actually put nitrogen into the soil while it is alive. Also, if the pot contains sufficient nitrogen, the plant will use that up and the root "nodules" won't really store any. I could be totally wrong, though, it's all new to me, and would be open to correction.
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https://www.google.ca/amp/s/laidback...n-to-soil/amp/

Here’s some good simple information on the subject.
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Hello Karen,
thanks for the link. Another popular myth put right. And I agree with Paradajky: legumes won't share N with other plants as long as they use it. The "selfish gene" is wildly spread.
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You're right, I'd forgotten about the "green manure" concept.


At any rate, all plants are doing fine as of this writing.
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