Feed Your Soil – not your plants

fertiliserNot many people understand that the soil is a massive ecosystem similar to the ocean, the plants are only one essential part of a healthy soil ecosystem.  This is where the argument for organic fertilisers and mulches far outweigh the conventional approach of chemical fertilisers.

Chemical fertilisers focus on the chemicals the individual plants need and then provide them in a water-soluble format.  While this accounts for what the plant needs on a simple level it fails to address the typical means a plant obtains these nutrients. It also ignores the fact that natural processes and the exchange between organisms is what drives the system, and diversity is what gives the ecosystem it’s strength.

Put simply if you feed the energy systems of the soil, you will create a robust and strong ecosystem, resistant to pest and disease attack and the system will continue to become stronger and healthier the more you feed it.

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