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Energizing your garden soil

Garden soil-Feeding soil microbes

Soil or dirt as we know it is not dead as some people think but is very much alive with billions of microbes. What so amazed me many years ago as I did a study on garden soil is I found out that a teaspoon of garden soil contains billions of soil microbes, believe it or not, these soil microbes are responsible in part for the overall health of our garden plants.

Soil microbes have the awesome job of breaking down organic matter converting them to nutrients and then releasing these nutrients to our garden plants to be taken them up by their roots. Organic matter is anything that was once living. It could be leaves that fall from the trees onto the soil surface, the bodies of dead rodents, animals or insect even dead tree and plant roots are all considered to be organic matter. In other words, anything that was once living but now dead is organic matter.

A good example of this is plants growing in the wild or in nature, notice how beautiful these plants are with their burst of colors and lush green no human effort is involved but yet these plants are full of life and thriving. How is this possible? well, it is what we discuss earlier. As life is taken, life is created and enhanced through this process. This is nature at its best, in the wild these natural organics are broken down and reused.

Feeding soil microbes

By feeding soil microbes we are energizing our soil to meet our plant’s requirements. Soil microbes also bring stabilization to our garden soil by taking our soils through a process which binds organisms and soil particle together that leads to a solid soil structure.

What is also interesting to note is as the weather get’s colder the activities of these microbes decreases and as the weather warms up the opposite happens, there is an increase of microbial activity this is why plants do so well in the spring through the summer months. More activity from these microbes means stronger healthier plants.

Soil microbes also use some of this organic matter as fuel to build biomass to assist with their own growth and development and release the rest as carbon dioxide, these microbes are truly complex and make a huge difference in our garden soil.

Synthetic fertilizers vs natural organics

Synthetic fertilizers

Plants growing in soil-feeding soil microbes

There are mix feelings when the topic arises of synthetic or man-made fertilizers vs natural organics. It is believed by some that because synthetic fertilizers are salts when added to the soil for plant uptake these fertilizers will draw water from soil microbes causing a negative effect while on the other hand the belief also is these fertilizers is said to have a positive effect on soil microbes by making nutrients available to be used.

And overuse of these fertilizers, however, can contaminate streams, lakes and the water system, using synthetic fertilizers to heavily also contributes to plant burn which simply means salts from synthetic fertilizers collects around the plant’s root zone pulling or drawing water out of the plant which causes plants to wilt.

Therefore when using fertilizers such as synthetics use in moderation, for more on synthetic fertilizers follow these links slow release and quick release fertilizers. Overuse of synthetics can also change the soils ph which can have a negative effect on plants. A rule to go by is to always read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law.

Natural organics

When it comes to natural organic soil microbes are in organic heaven because organic material is not only beneficial to soil microbes but is beneficial to plant life, enhance soil structure through absorbing and holding water along with fertilizers, helps the soil to become porous which aids in drainage and proper air circulation that help to sustain soil microbes and  supports proper plant growth.

Type of natural organics

Below is a short list that provides examples of natural organics.

NOTE: when using animal manure as listed above ensure that manures are dry first before using because fresh manure will cause plant burn.

Final word

These are amazing facts that are so beneficial to plant life. Unseen to the naked eyes are billions of microscopic organisms that are hard at work connecting with nature by giving nature a helping hand. So let’s work hand in hand with these soil microbes because by connecting with them and nature we will be helping ourselves.

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4 comments

  1. Colleen says:

    With the gardening I’ve done, I’ve always believed that going organic whenever possible is the best way for the plants. Over the years, I’ve used nearly everything on your natural organics that’s listed above. To me, it makes sense that natural organics will better help the plants rather than using synthetics. Great post, Norman!

    1. Norman says:

      You are so right with what you have said. Going organic in my opinion is always the best way. So happy that I could help. All the best of success.

  2. Pam Muir says:

    I only have a small garden just of flowers, I use mostly organics, I did the other day use some plant fertilizer very little, waiting to see if it makes a difference. I grew up having homegrown fruit and vegetables. They were mostly grown organically. Going to collect the manure from a nearby common was a bit of a high light. I find gardening very therapeutic, I see the nature and beauty in what is growing. I was fascinated by the microbes which I have never really gone into. It makes sense really that everything even earth has its part to play in the growing of plants, flowers. Your page I found very informative and interesting. and the layout I thought was eye catching.

    1. Norman says:

      Hello so good to meet you. It is such a wonderful thing to connect with nature by giving nature a helping hand. The great outdoors can be much fun as you take in all that beauty. Thanks so much for commenting and I am so happy that I could help. All the best of success and have  good day.

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