Communing with soil microbes is the order of the day. We know a fraction of what these tiny animals do to aid in plant growth. All plant growth, be it single cell algae or the mighty sequoias or saguaro cacti basking in the desert sun, relies on millions of microorganism for survival.
One rutabaga, two rutabaga, three rutabaga, four, please tell me I will not have to eat, one rutabaga more! As a cabbage/turnip cross and being nutritious and easy to grow and usually high yielding, I, for one, would need to be threatened with a jab in the eye with the dull end of a sharp stick, before eating a rutabaga or turnip. But, I digress.
As you peruse the airport gift shop, you become aware of tiny plaintive voices calling out, “Help me”, “Help me”! And, there they are, exotic cacti, boxed and waiting to be purchased and shipped to Uncle Fudd (I had one) in Maine or Aunt Etoile (I had one) in Kansas.