Real World Gardener Feed Your Soil in The Good Earth

July 17th, 2015

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THE GOOD EARTH

Soil_food_webUSDA.jpgwith Margaret Mossakowska

www.mosshouse.com.au

An incredible diversity of organisms make up the soil food web.

 

They range in size from the tiniest one-celled bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa, to the more complex nematodes and micro-arthropods, to the visible earthworms, insects, small vertebrates, and plants.

 

These organisms not only benefit our soil but the plants that grow in them.

 

So how do we feed those organisms or attract them to the soil in our garden?

 

 

You probably have never thought about what soil organisms are doing in your garden or even wondered why you garden soil should even have them?

Did you know that by-products from your plants’ growing roots and plant residue feed soil organisms?

That’s good because in turn, soil organisms support plant health as they decompose organic matter, cycle nutrients, enhance soil structure, and control the populations of soil organisms including crop pests.

You can make a weed tea which when poured over your garden will get those micro-organisms working for you.

 

Weed Tea recipe.

Composting%2Btea.jpgOne bucket with lid: Big bunch of garden weeds to about half the bucket: Cover with water.

Stir daily.

Your mixture will become frothy and smelly-that's fermentation.

When the smell has dissipated, your weed tea is ready.

Strain off the weed seeds, and dilute in the ratio 1 part weed tea to 10 parts water.

Most watering cans are 9 litres so your weed tea will be 90 ml or if you like, just a bit less than a litre.

If you have any questions about food for your soil, why not email realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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