It's hard to put this Home & Garden award-winning book down. What a treasure-trove mix of facts and wit.
Understanding Roots uncovers one of the greatest mysteries underground―the secret lives and magical workings of the roots that move and grow invisibly beneath our feet.
Roots, it seems, do more than just keep a plant from falling over: they gather water and nutrients, exude wondrous elixirs to create good soil, make friends with microbes and fungi, communicate with other roots, and adapt themselves to all manner of soils, winds, and climates, nourishing and sustaining our gardens, lawns, and woodlands.
Did you know that the root "map" of a cauliflower plant, shows how its roots can grow four feet deep and five feet wide? To absorb food, plants grow hairs on their roots. They don't dilly dally. An apple tree can grow up to 17 million root hairs, that's over a mile, in its first year. Sprout your cucumber seeds in good friable soil and they can send taproots down to around three feet at the rate of one inch per day.
Definitely a fun book.
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