Light Feeder

Definition - What does Light Feeder mean?

In botany, light feeder refers to a plant type that requires fewer nutrients than most other plants. Popular examples of light feeders include Swiss chard, peas, parsnip, kale, fava beans, endive, collard greens, carrots, and beets. Since they are easier to care for, most light feeders can easily be grown at home without any gardening experience.

MaximumYield explains Light Feeder

Both light and heavy feeders should be regularly rotated to confuse insects and pests and ensure good soil quality. Crop rotation has also been shown to prevent certain soil-borne conditions, including clubroot, cabbage back leg, and bean blight.

When working with light feeders, it is important to prepare the soil with organic nutrients at least three weeks prior to planting. Doing this ensures that the plants have adequate space to thrive and grow. Unlike with heavy feeders, it's not always necessary to repeatedly add nutrients and fertilizers to the plants after planting.

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