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I think part of my fascination with gardening/farming is the clear evidence of the symbiotic relationship between animals and plants. As most of you know, I love spending my leisure time in the woods or on the water enjoying all the wonders of hunting and fishing. Success in that arena means you should be a good student of your quarry and become intimately familiar with their habits, diet and every aspect of them surviving in their environment. You realize quickly that animals, birds and fish ONLY eat and drink what their bodies absolutely need, in the precise quantities, that enables their bodies to perform at their zenith... their survival depends on it. That's probably a sobering thought for those of us that don't take what we put in our bodies that seriously. Interestingly, we already know that most maladies that Abby consults about daily like diabetes, high, low blood sugar, high, low blood pressure, cancer, hormone imbalance, etc. are mostly preventable and fortunately treatable by adjusting our diet and adding the right nutrients and supplements for our bodies to perform as they were intended. So.... in the same way, at the farm we learn the fragile relationship between plant life and their environment. Unlike animal life, plant life is not mobile and is dependent on US to be good stewards in providing them the right soil (situation), light, water, food (fertilizer) and protection from, pests, insects, fungus, etc. In exactly the same way though (symbiotic), we have to provide precisely the right amount of each of those elements for optimum health, growth, development and production. Below I have gleaned certain facts from an article I read recently that I thought you might find interesting related to the Anatomy of Vegetables. Photosynthesis "A chemical process by which a plant turns light energy, from the sun into chemical energy in the form of sugar." • The plant uses water and carbon dioxide to produce glucose (a sugar) with the by-product of oxygen. • These chemical reactions take place inside the cells near the chloroplasts. Chloroplasts are filled with Chlorophyll which makes the plants green and are responsible for the process of photosynthesis. Respiration • Cellular Respiration: The opposite of photosynthesis. This process breaks sugars down so plants can use them. • Similar to digestion in animals. • Takes place in a place in the cell called the mitochondria. Page 36 | Abby's Magazine -

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