Originally Posted by texpat
Try different methods, and ways of doing things, figure out what works for you. I love it, that's the ticket.
The compost works really well, but broken up black leaves and stringy bits don't stay in the soil that long and making compost is hard work. I used to have piles so big I would have to stir it with an excavator, then I realized that giant pile is mostly air. The ash content couldn't be more than a wheelbarrow load. Wood seems like a much denser source, it just takes longer to break down into super good stuff.
Originally Posted by MeepBeep
Yep, they find their way from cross contamination due to touch, water, through the air or by whatever other means... Some plants like legumes that have a symbiotic relationship with their own brand of nitrogen fixing bacteria generally have the bacteria on the seeds already... This is why legumes are considered a nitrogen replacing crop, as they bring their own brand of bacteria over and above the stuff already in the soil, their bacteria lives on their roots instead of just in the soil and produces far in excess of the nitrogen the plant itself uses thus returning nitrogen to the soil...
It seems like all plants can do that to varying extents. Maybe it's the omnipresence of bacteria feeding on sugar that release nitrogen, and roots happen to exude sugar.