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Is it Chocolate Cake? No it's a Rhizosheath

It might look like chocolate cake but it's a picture of a healthy root system. Rhizosheath is the soil that clings to the roots of a plant. It consists of root hairs, exudates, soil aggregates, and microbes. The microbes feed off of the root's sugar and carbon exudates. The microbes release nutrients in exchange for food. Soil particles become bound to the roots from the microbial secretions forming soil aggregates. Nicely covered roots are a sign of a healthy microbe population. Clean, white roots show a lack of microorganisms. Rhizosheaths help plants by reducing drought, making nitrogen, phosphorus, and other nutrients more available and can buffer the pH of the immediate area around the roots by as much as 2...

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Easy Pot Roast Recipe

One chuck or shoulder roast, approx 3# roast will serve 4 hefty portions Better Than Boullion Beef Base or salt Chopped onion Pepper To a heated heavy pan add 2 tbsp oil (tallow works well for this) Sear roast on both sides Put roast in dutch oven, 9" x 13" pan or similar pan Spread top of roast with t tbsp beef base (or just sprinkle with salt) Sprinkle black pepper on top of roast Top roast with chopped onions Put 2 cups of water in bottom of pan Cover with lid or aluminum foil Bake at 350 for 5 hours The longer it cooks the more tender the roast becomes Remove roast to platter Pour drippings into saucepan Heat...

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