the symbiotic power of deep, middle, and flat rooted plants

plants will regulate themselves wonderfully if you have a combination of deep, middle and flat rooted plants…deep rooted plants bring up humidity and nutrients from 3-4m depth and sweat it out on top…they give shade to the ones with flat roots so they wont dry out…that’s the exchange, one plant helps the other…you don’t need to worry about it being too dry or too wet if you work with the earth properly…you have to listen and observe, that’s the most important thing….  sepp holzer

here is an ongoing list of deep, middle, and flat rooted plants, please help contribute to this list…i am focusing on what grows in south central british colulmbia high-desert plateau…i welcome corrections and additions


– fruit/nut trees

– acacia/legume trees

– alfalfa

– burdock/gobo

– dandelion


– comfrey (builds top soil quickly, cut and mulch several times/year, makes good compost tea)

– parsnips

– rutabaga (up to 12′ roots?)


– The Japanese Radish (& possibly most radishes)

– beans

– beet

– sunflower

– okra

– flax

– turnip


– Clover
– Watercress
– Barley
– Ryegrass (large mass of roots)
– Hairy Vetch
– Hairy Indigo

this list is thrown up, i would appreciate clarity and help classifying

2 comments on “the symbiotic power of deep, middle, and flat rooted plants
  1. Thalia says:

    Hey! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

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