HOW DOES SOIL BIOLOGY HELP MY PLANTS?
Improved soil quality
In this video soil organisms convert organic fertilizers and dead plant and animal materials into stable organic matter. In this process they also excrete organic glues. This benefits soil quality with improved aeration, water retention and fertility.
Soil microorganisms build a support network around plant roots. This biology is often suppressed in conventional gardening methods, preventing plants from growing to their maximum potential.
WHY USE BIOLOGY PRODUCTS?
In the last 70 years, humans have found ways to grow crops using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The extraordinary thing is that the vast population now considers this conventional method to be the better way to grow – but is this true?
For billions of years, organics gave us the ecosystems we still can’t fully comprehend, packed with diversity and complex relationships.
Modern science is showing us that organic fertilizers combined with improved biology can be just as effective, and in some cases more effective, than the conventional methods that we currently use.
DO ORGANICS ONLY WORK IF YOU HAVE BIOLOGY IN THE GARDEN?
Using organic fertilizers with the help of biology can be a great way to achieve gardening success. Plants can benefit from more available nutrients, better soil quality and microbial substances that can never be found in mineral fertilizer options. Biology will almost always enhance organic growing methods to get to peak performance.
Organic fertilizers come in many forms. Almost none of them feed plants directly and they must first be digested by the soil food web around your plant roots. Even with this help some options can take months or even years to break down. For container and indoor growers fermented liquids can be the best option. These products are predigested and full of interesting secondary metabolites in the bottle, meaning the plants can immediately use the nutrients. This can be important for fast growing crops, especially in cases of limited biology like indoor growing.
ABOUT THE SOIL FOOD WEB.
Although invisible to the naked human eye, there is a dense microscopic universe operating beneath our feet and the plants that we grow! The soil food web relates to the relationship between this wide variety of tiny organisms which inhabit the soil. The food web diagram illustrates the process of decomposition and nutrient release by soil organisms.
A healthy soil food web is a crucial element in creating and maintaining thriving ecosystems. Some of the processes that these robust systems provide are decomposition of organic matter, nutrient cycling, suppression of disease, and retention of water and nutrients. Essentially every part of our day-to-day life is dependent on the work of microorganisms and the soil food web.