BUILDING BETTER SOIL TO GROW STRONGER PLANTS

By: J.B. Williams, Grow For Change

Synthetic chemicals in agriculture have destroyed fertility in soils around the world – restore soil balance using sustainable methods, as well as natural and sustainable materials. As soil balance returns, healthier soil grows healthier plants. This in turn creates better yields for agriculture, and plants less prone to pests, fungus and disease.

The first step in building healthy soil? Support the beneficial soil bacteria and fungi required for the process of soil building – and as these bacteria and fungi live, multiply, and die, they become organic matter – the basis on which a productive, healthy soil is built. This “soil biology” colonizes the root zone of plants – each microbe performing its own, unique function for the plant’s benefit. This symbiosis is part of the soil balance – microbes underground perform work for the plant; the plant feeds them in return. Thriving plants live in soil teeming with these bacterial and fungal helpers – but they are destroyed by treatments of “conventional’ fertilizer, pesticide, and fungicide. And by “conventional”, we mean synthetic. A soil stripped of its mi- crobes by applications loses fertility.

Stripped of their microbial helpers underground – and the fertile, balanced soil they create, your ‘fertilized’ plants are unable to thrive and be healthy – and are dependent on further chemical treat- ments. These out of balance plants are weakened, improperly nourished, and easy prey for insects, fungal infections, and disease. All these pests and plagues are attracted to weak, mineral deficient, poorly fed plants. These problems are treated with synthetic pesticides, fungicides, and more fertilizers – destroying the soil life and balance even further – and requiring more and more treatments of fertilizer, pesticide, fungicide... at ever-increasing cost to you.

Reverse this soil degradation, and put your soil back on the path to balance. Plants living in a soil revived with this will show the positive effects within a few days. Better access to nutrients, better resistance to pests and disease – in addition to natural, sustainable plant nutrition – better soil balance – all courtesy of natural methods.

Plant disease, as we noted, waits patiently for a weakened, poorly nourished plant to infect. A plant which is out of bal- ance, deficient in minerals, from a soil out of balance, provides a host in which disease will thrive. A balanced soil is able to keep many of these pathogens in check – this is one of the benefits of soil microbes living in a rich, healthy, balanced soil. Plants living on synthetic fertilizer, in a dead soil, deprived of microbes, have no ability to defend against these opportunistic pests and infections.

These natural methods provides protection against a range of opportunistic infections – diseases which destroy millions of dollars in crops, vegetables, trees, and plants of all kinds throughout the world.

Insects – like plant disease – are attracted to weak, unhealthy plants. Plants in balanced soil, fully mineralized, repel insect infestation just as they repel disease. Healthy plants give off chemical markers and fragrances – these aromas are signals to insects. These signals repel insects – the insects avoid these odors – this trait is hard-wired into them. On the other hand, weak, unhealthy plants, poorly mineralized plants – plants fed synthetic fertilizers, and bathed in chemical fungicides – do not repel insects. They attract insects – they’re out of balance.

I have just described the conventionally grown crops found in the supermarkets – poorly mineralized, low in nutrients, and high in pesticide residue.

To control insects and other pests with natural methods and materials, select a product containing several different es- sential oils with documented repellent properties, which are concentrated and emulsified in solution. Apply a diluted solution of these essential oil based repellents, sprayed on leaves, stems, the ground surrounding plants – crops, lawns – wherever you wish to destroy insect pests, and keep them away. This uses the same method to repel insects which healthy plants use – the smells that we identify with particular plants. Plants release these odors and fragrances for a reason – to repel insects and pests.

In a balanced soil, plants can access all the nutrition they require using the mi- crobes in the soil. On a soil out of balance, or on farmland where years of crop har- vest repeatedly depleted soil nutrients, apply a micronutrient fertilizer – the final leg in building soils, healthy high-yield crops, and highly mineralized, thriving plants. A mineralizer provides the ele- ments necessary for cellular processes – equivalent to vitamin and mineral supplements in people and animals. Iron, manganese, boron, copper, zinc – mea- sured in formulation to be sprayed in so- lution directly on the leaves of your crop. A mineralizer increases blooms, flowers and fruit, increases crop yield, and pro- duce weight – while building healthy plants, and mineralizing plants, produce and soil.

Balanced soil – healthy plants – increased crop yield – reduced exposure to harmful chemicals – the results of building soils for stronger plants.

Karsen Nielsensoil