Whistler Peas | A winter crop with many uses


The little bulbs in the roots seen in the photo above are nitrogen capsules that release the chemical into the soil saving you thousands of dollars on fertilizer for your next crop.

Peas are excellent for nitrogen fixation. Pea seed, properly inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria at planting time, does an excellent job of fixing nitrogen from the air. The bacteria takes nitrogen, binds it with hydrogen from soil water, and forms ammonium, which is a form that is by plants. This nitrogen fixation makes peas a perfect partner with cereals and grasses, which use large amounts of nitrogen, as well as banking nitrogen for future crops through cover cropping and green manure plowdown.

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