If you’re going to plant shrubs on your property, you may as well plant ones that grow delicious berries. And if you’re going to plant berry-producing shrubs, you may as well plant ones that can be mulched, composted, and used to fertilize your garden. That is the thinking behind this article by Amy from Tenth Acre Farm.
As she explains, plants need lots of nitrogen to grow well, but most plants can’t pull nitrogen out of the atmosphere; they have to get it from the soil. However, there are some plants that are very good at extracting nitrogen from the air, and if you use them to fertilize your garden, you can get more nitrogen into your soil, thus helping your other plants and trees.
Amy writes, “Finding food-producing plants that are also useful in other ways is a great joy of mine. Many culinary herbs, for example, are not only delicious and nutritious, but they may also attract beneficial insects or deter pests. These four shrubs will not only provide berries for you, but also produce nitrogen to fertilize the garden…”