Doreen Fogle: How plants feed themselves so you don’t have to

Healthy soil with sign of earthworm aeration. | Submitted photo

Long ago when I started gardening, I learned that you want to feed the soil, not the plant. I took this to heart and it steered my approach to gardening. The idea was to foster good soil biology and let the soil organisms (microbes) do their work. Feeding the soil meant adding compost, manures, and the like.
 
But years later soil science has found so much more about plant roots. About their role in what’s called the soil food web. It’s fascinating and complex, and it will make you think differently about plants.