HOW TO BUILD A LIVING SOIL
The diversity of microorganisms and the metabolites they produce will increase the number and diversity of microorganisms in the soil. When microorganisms are activated, protozoans and larger organisms such as worms will increase in number and a healthier ecosystem will result. Soil with diversified microflora will inhibit the growth of specific disease-causing bacteria, which help prevent cultivation failure.
Lactic acid bacteria, yeast, and phototrophic bacteria contained in EM-1® have the ability to ferment organic substances and prevent putrefaction. Microorganisms decompose organic matter, breaking them down into rich and stable humus by forming soil aggregates with the high levels of polysaccharides (or glue) produced as a secreted byproduct. Stable and well-formed soil aggregate is key to overall soil function. Additionally, microbes like those found in EM-1®, support the growth of other beneficial organisms already found in the soil (mycchorrizae, earth worms, insects). Along with adding amendments like EM-1®, adding high quality compost and high quality nutrients throughout the growing season ensures a healthy soil alive with organisms.
DO I HAVE A LIVING SOIL?
When soils are healthy and living its easy to see. Soils will naturally retain moisture and drain effectively with little to no standing water and be naturally loose and crumbly. The soil will be full of earthworms and smell fresh with little to no odor. One aspect not as noticeable to the naked eye, is healthy soils ability to better absorb and retain nutrients. Soils full of beneficial organisms ensure nutrients are converted into plant available forms resulting in less leaching and waste of nutrients, meaning less fertilizer inputs being needed. Overall, living soil will produce healthier, stronger, and better quality plants. In addition fruits and vegetables grown in healthy soil will be better tasting, more nutritious and last longer once harvested.