Healthy soil has its own biological system, or eco-system – consisting of minerals, organic chemistry, micro & macro-organisms, etc. The microbes are the lifeline of that system, and they are the agents which metabolize all the nutrients for the plants; Just like the human biome is dependent on the microbes in our gut to assimilate nutrients, so are plants.
Chemical fertilizers are detrimental to soil biome, which result in a compromised immune system enabling sickness & disease. The reason commercial farmers use chemical fertilizers is strictly for economic expedience. It has nothing to do with biological sustainability. However, it comes as no surprise to see a growing trend of more natural & organic farming and gardening as many have realized the consequences of expedient methods.
The faulty germ theory has also contributed to the erroneous practice of sterilizing everything when sound science reveals how microbes & viruses are essential to life. The antibacterial approach is a classic case of ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water’. Negative symptoms from a virus may be better understood as the immune systems way of dealing with unhealthy conditions and attempting to bring back balance with biodiversity. When balance is restored, such healthy conditions give little opportunity for pathogenic microbes, as beneficial microbes prey on pathogens and are essential to any biological immune system of both fauna & flora.
The primary basis of healthy soil is – Mineral Matter (finely ground rock particles such as sand, silt and clay). Healthy mineral-based soil should have a ratio of 40% sand (large particles), 40% silt (small particles) & 20% clay (fine particles). This ratio is categorized as “Loam”. Adding sand to clay -or- visa versa will bring the soil condition closer to a loam.
The secondary basis of healthy soil is – Organic Matter (finely ground plant particles such as compost and humus) organic matter should be about a 50-50 ratio of compost (large particles) and humus (fine particles). This element contains the highest degree of beneficial microbes, so long as it has not been sterilized.
When cultivating your soil, we add anywhere from 10-40% organic matter to the mineral based soil, thoroughly tilling at least 6” deep, creating ideal soil conditions. Humate soil conditioner is also an essential part of our soil treatment. To learn more about this highly valuable product, see humate soil conditioner.