Plants and crops growing in healthy soil with abundant organic foods shine and thrive. Here are some f the reasons why gardeners and growers should consider improving soil conditions first, then wait for expected outcomes. If the soil is well fed, plants will be too.
Organic vs. Chemical
Organic plant food works with the natural environment to increase microbial activity in the soil and promote strong plant development. Organic plant foods include compost, animal manures, fish emulsion, bone meal, cottonseed meal and molasses. Each of these organic products contain nutritional value that will help plants grow without harming the environment.
A microbial product for soil amendments place effective and nutritionally sound plant food right where it’s needed – at or around the plant roots - so plants can quickly uptake the food. Since the product is organic, it will also benefit the soil and ultimately the entire ecosystem.
As organic plant foods work their way through the soil and head towards the nearest water system, they leave behind a trail of good deeds. No plants, animals, humans or soil have been harmed by the organic matter, only improved soil and microbial activity are left behind.
Chemical plant foods cannot boast of leaving behind the same trail of good deeds. Chemical-laden fertilizers do provide plants with food, but leave nothing behind to improve the soil. Traces of the chemicals work their way to the nearest water source, harming mircobes in the soil, polluting the water and ultimately ending up back in our home tap water.
We are ingesting trace amounts of chemicals in garden produce, fresh fish and tap water, all because chemical fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides are being used on plant life.
Far Reaching Effects
Feeding plants organically will have far reaching effects, and is not a choice but a must-do. Organic ways improve soil structure and enable the soil to produce more foods to soil eco-system, including plants. It also improves soil drainage and reduces the risk of erosion. The importance of treating plants and soil with eco-friendly pesticides, herbicides is also more than necessary to keep safe beneficial predators of pests. Pathogenic pests are highly adaptive to chemicals more and more, whereas beneficial predators are not so much. Repeated chemical applications will end up bringing more pathogenic insects in the long run, make soils depleted of microbes and nutrients, spreading out toxic perfume around us. It’s never too late to be organic. Growing microbes in your soil is a small, but meaningful way of taking a step towards sustainable solutions to restore our earth.