Building Good Soil Using the Soil Food Web

Cycles by their very nature do not have a definite beginning or end. Likewise a true organic gardener does not see a beginning or an end to their gardening season.

Building good soil is part of a cycle where you just have to begin where you are. And isn’t that the way it is in all of life. Begin where you are and move forward. As long as you are taking positive steps to improve your situation (be it the soil, a relationship, a personal goal) you are making progress and that is all we can really hope to achieve in our brief stay on this earth.

Soil is all about life!

Go out into your garden right now and look down on that little piece of soil beneath your feet. There is more life in that soil than all the other life on earth. It is truly amazing!

For your success in your garden you need to support that life, feed that life. Recognize that the food you grow in your garden is a direct result of the health of that life. Understand the soil food web and the balance of the soil food web and you unlock the mystery of the abundance of the garden.

Here is an example of the complexity and simplicity of how the life in your soil works to benefit you and your garden.

Let’s look at the question of calcium in the soil. Calcium has always taken the back seat to the big boys of soil fertility with NPK always in the limelight of soil nutrition.

But calcium plays more in the role of overall soil and plant health than any other nutrient. In the soil, calcium helps provide a better environment for healthy levels of beneficial bacteria. In the plant it plays a major role in the construction of hormone and enzyme systems that protect the plant from insect and disease attack. Proper levels of calcium within the plant cell strengthens the plant allowing for efficient use of sunlight, CO2, water, nitrogen, and minerals.

So now that we know the importance of calcium in the soil, how do we make sure that calcium is available in the soil in the right form to do the job?

The immediate suggestion that always seems to come to mind is the use of Gypsum. While Gypsum will help with loosening the soil in the case of clay soil, too much will create an imbalance of other minerals and ultimately does not raise the level of calcium in the soil in a form that can be utilized by the plant.

The best way to provide calcium is always to mimic nature. Mother Nature really does know best and if you can discover the secrets she uses to keep a healthy balance in the soil you will be far ahead of anyone who uses chemicals to try to treat a deficiency in the soil.

Build the beneficial fungus in your soil food web. This is the most common missing microbe in agricultural soils. We simply do too much to our soil that destroy it. The simple act of tilling the soil destroys fungal life. It rips it apart like the tornados that are ravaging our homeland right now in the news.

Feed the fungal life in your soil with great fungal foods like fish hydrolysate (with as much fish oil as possible), humic acid, feather meal, non-GMO soybean meal and pine straw.

Many will tell you that pine needles make the soil acidic but it is much more likely the fungus that eats the pine needles.

To grow healthy plants you must have a complete, healthy soil food web.

Once you replace the beneficial fungus in your soil food web you can apply much less than the recommended amount suggested by your soil test and keep it in the soil available for your plants. Use ground or crushed limestone or sea shells.

So here you have it in a sea shell.

  • Build your beneficial fungal life. Research brewing fungal tea in a AACT tea brewer.
  • Don’t destroy the beneficial fungal life your already have by tilling and applying chemicals.
  • my blue pill.

  • Feed your beneficial fungal life by adding great fungal foods.
  • Do your own research.
  • Don’t go for the quick fix.
  • Do what’s best for the earth.

Growing your own food is the only way to know for sure what you are feeding your family. You can grow the most nutritious, most delicious food by growing it in healthy, thriving, life-giving soil.

Start your love affair with your soil today. Go out, grab a handful of it…have your soil tested, feel it, smell it, dig a hole and fill it with water and see how long it takes for the water to seep away. Take good notes on how your garden grows this year. What does well, what kind of pest, what kind of beneficials. Become a careful observer and your soil will tell you what it needs.

Organic Gardening Tips for Beginning Gardeners

Organic farming has become more and more popular these days partly due to increased knowledge about the benefits of organic foods. Even though organic farming has its benefits it is often a little trickier than traditional or chemical farming. In the following article beginning gardeners will get some very useful tips regarding organic gardening.

1) Keep it low

Don’t just spend all your money on expensive organic fertilizers, name brand organic products and other top notch tools. If you spend too much money on the luxuries then you will end up with very expensive vegetables. This goes against the whole concept of organic growing. Organic gardening is not only supposed to be chemical free but it is also supposed to be cheaper when compared to the chemical gardening.

2) Find the right spot for your plants

You must know what kind of environment your vegetable need. Some vegetable plants need more sunlight compared to others. Some need to be located closer to water resources. If you are not sure about the differences then do some research before placing your vegetables. If you place the vegetables in the best environment then you will have optimum yield and fine quality vegetables.

3) Get the soil ready

First and foremost, check the soils pH levels and moisture. See what kind of soil you have and make corrections if required. If the condition of the soil is not good then you may add manures, compost, grass clippings, etc to improve the quality of the soil. It is very important for your soil to be of fine quality if you want to make healthy organic vegetables. Consider the soil to be the womb of a mother and the seeds to be children. Now can one give birth to a healthy child without having a fertile womb? Never, right? This is why healthy soil is needed for a healthy organic crop yield.

4) Get compost

Well, the good thing is that you can get compost very cheap. You can buy it cheap at a store but if you make use of your kitchen waste and scraps then you have compost. Now you are disposing of your waste in a very environment friendly way. It is not very difficult to make compost. In fact, after trying this just a few times you will be amazed to see how easy it is to make compost for you organic garden.

5) Give your garden your time

Generally people tend to ignore their new gardens within just a few days. Obviously, this is not a good idea if you want quality organic vegetables. Developing a good organic garden takes time and patience. If you are not caring for your garden you will be creating problems. You must set aside some time daily for pest controlling, weed checking, using organic fertilizers, and plant checking. It will take a lot of effort getting used to that but it end you will see and taste the results.

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