Healthy soil is vital in your garden
Healthy soil is teeming with life, most of which is unseen by the naked eye. Numerous species of microbes, beneficial fungi, earthworms and a multitude of soil dwelling creatures make up what is known as the ‘‘soil food web’’.
These organisms and creatures break down organic matter, build humus and aid the feeding of plants. The biggest danger to a healthy soil food web is the gardener who does not understand the principles of nurturing one.
These gardeners are hungry for results in a similar manner that some commercial growers and farmers are hungry for profits. Looking for immediate gains and not recognising longterm losses, they are always out with their chemical fertilisers and sprays, killing off the soil life, causing stress and ill-health in their plants which then undergo a regime of chemical spray fixes.
These further undermine the health of the soil and plants and the prognosis is death by a thousand cuts.
The final straw in killing a healthy garden is to keep it weed free by regular use of herbicides and to flood the gardens with bacteria-destroying chlorine from your friendly local water supply.
I have two thoughts on the matter. The first is do nothing and over a period of time nature will find a balance and the soil will return to a natural healthy state.
I have witnessed this aspect a number of times over the years where gardeners have spent a lot of time and money in destroying what nature originally provided them. The preferred option of course, is to stop killing the soil life and then start enhancing it.
That requires banning the use of harmful chemicals and fertilisers from your garden along with chlorinated water out of the tap. Chemical sprays as we are finding out are not only unhealthy for garden soil and plants, but for the wider environment and our own health.
Once touted as safe and effective answers to various problems these chemicals turn out to have unhealthy side-effects for garden and personal health.
Glyphosate has been labelled by the World Health Organisation as a probable carcinogen.
Documents have shown that this was known back in the 1980s but hidden from us.
A recent news statement says: ‘‘Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.’’
Another stated that a prestigious scientific journal is reviewing and removing many of its past publications as it has been found that the supposed peer reviews were actually done by paid students in China who have no qualifications to review scientific papers.
Science has become a commodity that can be purchased for commercial gains.
Now for really great gardens and a vital healthy soil we should assist nature by providing natural
‘‘Stop killing the soil life and then start enhancing it.’’
elements to speed up the process of restoring a healthy soil food web. The first step is to clean soil areas where the past use of chemicals is hampering health.
Take 20ml of Magic Botanic Liquid plus 1ml of Mycorrcin per litre of non-chlorinated water and water into your gardens when the soil is moist.
This will clean up chemicals in the soil, increase the populations of beneficial organisms and reduce pathogen numbers.
Follow this with a treatment of three basic products gypsum, dolomite and soft garden lime mixed together in equal parts.
Be aware that in areas where there are acid loving plants, to leave out the lime.
When it comes to nutrition, forget about feeding the plants, instead feed the soil life – and plant food needs will be automatically taken care of.
Blood & bone, animal manures, sheep manure pellets, mushroom compost and any compost that is not made from green wastes as these may contain chemicals and herbicide residues.
We are now halfway towards obtaining healthy gardens and plants. What is so far missing are up to 114 minerals and elements.
Many of these are needed by different species of plants for health and to promote strong immune systems.
Two products will provide most if not all of these elements – Rok Solid and Ocean Solids.
These can be broadcast, side dressed or spot applied in the planting hole depending on the situation.
I normally apply Rok Solid, Ocean Solids, BioPhos, sheep manure pellets, Wally’s Neem Tree Granules and chicken manure in the planting hole or around the area to be cropped prior to planting, and as a side dressing for existing plants.
My garden taps have 10 micron carbon bonded filters to remove the chlorine from the tap water.
The result is garden beds full of earthworms, healthy plants and me a happy gardener most of the time.
This gardening season remember the answer is in the soil and garden with that in mind.
Great growth is the result of healthy soil alive with micro-organisms and nutrients, and where there is no place for artificial fertilisers, chemical sprays or chlorinated tap water.