Information On Growing Soybeans

Here's new information on growing soybeans: plant them in sand. If this is unbelievable, read on. It works.

Soybeans today are a staple food for many people. Vegetarians rely on them often for protein in place of meat or fish. Baby formula for those infants who are lactose intolerant is made of soybeans. Most people buy their soybeans or soybean products at the grocery store, but they can be grown easily at home.

Soybeans are a hearty plant that is easily grown. They can be started indoors or out, and will survive equally as well. What's done relies on the climate and the season. Most people would pot their soybeans in dirt in a window and leave them there to grow. While there is nothing wrong with this, there are better methods of growing soybeans.

Sand can be used instead of dirt. Most people think of deserts when they think of sand, and everyone knows that plants don't grow well in deserts. However, that sand is very dry, not wet as the sand used for growing the soybeans would be. If the sand in the desert were moist, plants would flourish there as well (however, it then wouldn't be a desert).

A lot of soil has a high content of clay. As any gardener knows, plants cannot be put in soil that is mostly clay, because they won't grow. This occurs because the particles in clay are so small that they are packed tightly together, not allowing for drainage. Water cannot get in or out, so plants don't grow well. Sand is in the same "Ėœfamily' as clay, according to earth science, but its particles are much larger. Water can work its way through the much more easily. For this reason, why soil is mainly clay, a lot of sand is added to counteract this.

This is the principle behind growing soybeans in sand. Experiments have been done with this, and the plants were superior in sand every time. They were taller, greener, and grew faster. To achieve these results, plant two or three soybean seeds in a small container of sand. Stand this in a window all the time, so it takes advantage of all the sunlight that is available. Keep the sand wet at all times, but not so wet that it's swimming. Think of the sand at the beach a few seconds after a wave has receded. If possible, poke a couple holes in the bottom of the container and stand it on a small plate. This way, extra will water will drain off, but the plant will always have enough.

This experiment with dirt and sand can be replicated at home if one is uncertain about how well plants can really grow in sand. Make sure to check on the plants everyday, whether an experiment is being conducted or not. One will certainly find that sand is superior. Another method would be to mix a lot of sand into nutrient-rich topsoil, which would make the most ideal environment for growing plants.

Once flowers appear, and then soybeans begin to form, the plants are almost ready harvest. When the pods are two inches or so, they are ready to harvest. Open one pod to make sure that the seeds are cream-colored, not green, indicating that they are ready for harvest. The seeds will be ready for anything - cooking, etc. Use soybeans in place of eggs in order to hold cakes and breads together (tofu is sometimes used as an emulsifier, which is made from soybeans). Try out their many uses.

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