Hauraki Herald - - GARDENING -

This col­umn is adapted from the weekly e-zine, get grow­ing, from New Zealand Gar­dener mag­a­zine. For gar­den­ing ad­vice de­liv­ered to your in­box ev­ery Fri­day, sign up for Get Grow­ing at: get­grow­

do – cap­ture ni­tro­gen from the at­mos­phere and store it in your soil for shar­ing later on. Legumes (and re­mem­ber that peas and beans are in­cluded in this fam­ily) feed the plants around them, some­times when they ex­pire, as with an­nu­als, but of­ten grad­u­ally as their roots re-form. A bonus with most legu­mi­nous trees and shrubs is that kereru will travel big dis­tances to feast on their leaf tips and flow­ers, their favourite be­ing the broom and gorse so dis­liked in the agri­cul­tural world. I don’t sug­gest you plant those, but legumes like them would do very nicely in­deed.

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