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How Lightning Helps Your Garden

Lightning is beautiful and can be scary to some, but did you know how it helps your garden?  If you have seen my last two lives, you will know that recently we had a bad electrical storm.  In this storm, a large tree outside was struck as well as a spot on the lawn.  The tree was split in half and the lightning even tore thru the roots and left a trail in the lawn as it dissipated in the Earth.  Check out my video to see the damage.

While this caused us a lot of damage to our Direct TV as well as the yard.  I am not sure if the tree strike caused the damage.  There was a hole burned into the ground outside our house by the cables that the Direct TV uses.  I think that was the strike that did us in.  Here is a picture of the hole in the ground.  It has piles of ash also all around it.

But honestly, all of this is good for the plants growing in the yard. Have you ever looked at your garden soon after a thunderstorm has passed? Did you notice that the plants looked brighter, fresher, and greener?

Many gardeners have probably wondered what causes this. Maybe it is the fresh rainfall? Or maybe the slightly cooler temperatures, maybe the humidity?

While all of these things have an affect on your vegetable garden plants, lightning is known to be a major factor in naturally fertilizing plants, therefore giving your vegetable plants a quick boost of life.

A lightning bolt is 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the sun, and contains up to a billion volts of electricity. A single lightning bolt can stretch for miles as it tears apart the sky with its power.

The unbridled energy of lightning shatters the nitrogen molecules in the air. Some of the free nitrogen atoms combine with oxygen to form compounds called nitrates that mix with the rain.

These nitrates are a powerful natural fertilizer. Raindrops carry the nitrates to the ground in a soluble form that plants can absorb. This process is called atmospheric nitrogen fixation, where lightning creates fertilizer in the sky.  Pretty cool right?

This is a great reason you should collect as much rainwater as possible, through rain barrels, for example, for use on garden plants.  By watering with rain water you are also giving your plants a natural boost of nitrogen.

There are a ton of rain barrels out there to choose from from whiskey barrels to plastic to collapsible.  I do recommend getting one with a screen or picking up a few feeder goldfish to keep inside the barrel and you will not have any mosquitoes.

I love this one personally!