The soil food Web Bringing life to your soil

Sustainable gardeners talk about soil not just as a physical and chemical medium but as a living soil food web: beneficial fungi, bacteria, earthworms, insects, and other organisms that partner up with plants to make them thrive. All these critters build soil structure and work to retain nutrients and convert them into forms plants can use. Without life in the soil, plants barely survive. Check out Figure 16-1 for a visual.

Your job as the sustainable gardener is to create the conditions for the soil food web to thrive. You also must reinoculate damaged soils with the life they need. Do this by incorporating living compost, mycorrhizal fungus, beneficial soil bacteria, and humic acids into the soil at planting time. How? Look for a good organic fertilizer that lists these elements on the label. Any good nursery carries at least one brand. Also recognize that common activities such as grading, fertilizing with chemicals, and using herbicides and pesticides have a toxic effect on soil organisms, so use them sparingly (if at all).

Worm Farming

Worm Farming

Do You Want To Learn More About Green Living That Can Save You Money? Discover How To Create A Worm Farm From Scratch! Recycling has caught on with a more people as the years go by. Well, now theres another way to recycle that may seem unconventional at first, but it can save you money down the road.

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