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Soil workhorses

  • daikon radish (can break up clay), a favorite of Fukuoka
  • burdock, similarly deep and powerful root
  • chicory, burnet, lamb’s quarters, dock – described as “deep rooted” by John Jeavons (J2)
  • beets, comfrey – accumulate potassium (J2)
  • clover – accumulates nitrogen and potassium (J2)
  • alfalfa – deep-rooted, plus accumulates calcium and phosphorus (J2)
  • yarrow – deep-rooted, plus accumulates calcium and potassium (J2)
  • Legume family (see page ###)