Monday, July 22, 2019

Natural Remedies to Repair Damaged Soil

If your garden has soil damage, here are a couple organic remedies to try for a more vibrant and healthier garden.

What Is Composting & Why You Should Start

Composting begins with raw, organic materials, like coffee grounds and eggshells. The organic material is broken down into organic matter by microbes and the surrounding environment. You can actually see the difference between organic material and organic matter. When held in the palm of your hand, you should not be able to identify the food of origin. The shells, peels, and other food scraps you started with should be dark and crumbly, and smell like fresh earth. This is organic matter or compost.

Most flowers, vegetables and plants can survive in soil with little to no organic matter. Surviving is not flourishing. There are many benefits to using compost in your garden. Perhaps, the most important contribution is the large number of beneficial microorganisms from compost.

The Need for Microorganisms in Soil

A healthy ecosystem contains millions of microorganisms, which sustain structure and fertility within the environment. The microorganisms work cooperatively with plants and provide tremendous benefits for the surrounding soil. In exchange for the food and nutrients they take from plants, the beneficial microorganisms:
  • Convert nitrogen from the air into a reusable resource.
  • Make water available to plant roots.
  • Release nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur, and iron into the soil.
  • Breakdown pesticides and various chemicals in soil.
  • Suppress harmful pathogens – plant enemies - that lead to disease.

Overuse of chemical-based fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides destroy these natural organisms that are so vital to plant health. Applying your kitchen compost is a sure way to reintroduce the microorganisms and repair soil damage.

Read our recent blog post to learn how you can make your own composting kit with bokashi bran.

The Benefits of EM Technology

Another useful product to enrich your garden is effective microorganism (EM) technology. EM-1 products act as natural, kitchen compost accelerators. Combined with compost mixtures, EM-1 Microbial Inoculants significantly improve seed germination and plant health.

EM products consist of a broad range of beneficial and non-pathogenic microorganisms. EM-1 is produced naturally, neither chemically nor genetically altered. The Microbial Inoculant comes in a liquid form and has no adverse effects on plants, humans or animals. Just add one fluid ounce to every gallon of water, and spray over plants and soil. You'll notice the benefits in no time!

Microbial Inoculants: How They Can Help Your Garden

What are Microbial Inoculants?

EM-1 Microbial Inoculant poured on a pepper plant

Microbial inoculants are soil amendments that you can add to your soil to improve the quality of the soil, as well as promote the growth of strong and healthy plants. Microbial inoculants are a collection of microbes that work with the soil to improve it's health, as well as supporting the overall environment around it. These microbes are not only helpful to plants, but also support other organisms and insects that aid in plant growth overall. This is a much more organic and natural approach than adding unnatural additives to your plants that may be harmful to the area around them. Microbial inoculants are a much safer and more natural approach to encouraging plant and soil health. A nutrient rich base is essential for any plant or garden to thrive, so why not encourage your garden with an organic and natural approach with microbial inoculants?

How do they affect your soil?

Microbial inoculants will work to improve the quality of the garden soil that you have in place. If you are struggling to maintain healthy plants, a microbial inoculant works well in any garden! Try adding a microbial inoculant to areas where your plants are struggling. You will certainly notice a difference between your plants that have been exposed to a microbial inoculant and those that have not. To ensure the success of all of your plants, using a microbial inoculant throughout your entire garden is recommended. Building a strong soil base for your plants to grow in will not only help your long term plants stay strong, but will also help newer plants grow. Starting with a strong and healthy soil base will encourage all of your plants to grow throughout your garden. Microbial inoculants are the safe and natural way to improve the growth of your plants and overall success of your garden! Microbial inoculants are a great addition to any composting regimen, and will contribute to a nutrient dense base for your garden. They are also a great addition to any other liquid organic fertilizers that you may be using.

Will I see benefits from using microbial inoculants?

Absolutely! Microbial inoculants are designed to help your plants grow from the start and promote the growth of your plant over it's life, and they even the support the environment around it. Using a microbial inoculant will ensure that you are doing everything you can to promote and encourage a healthy environment for your plants to thrive in. Microbial inoculants are easy to use, and will help you build a strong and healthy environment for any plant or garden. If you are looking to improve your garden at home, this might be something that you want to try. Thinking about trying a microbial inoculant for the first time? We have a wide selection of products that will help improve your soil and garden as a whole. Our EM-1 Microbial Inoculant is a great place to start, and is easy to use. Try our EM-1 Microbial Inoculant today to see the results!