while back, I went to a garden lecture held by our county. They were discussing the virtues of compost, worm castings, and water wise gardening. The truth is, I was only there to get my worm composter with my coupon from our trash company. This all started while I was on one of my many quests on YouTube, where I found a BBC series about an ex food critic in Sydney Australia that sold all he had and moved to Tasmania to start a farm. His own words: "How hard can it be?" came back to haunt him many times. You gotta love the naivety of starry eyed romantics. Needless to say, he quickly found out exactly how hard it can be.
Anyway, on one of his eye opening revelations, he learned how micro organisms are the real work horses, and even the unsung heroes of fertile soil. Sensing his soil wasn't the greatest, he had his soil tested by a local Biologist and discovered that his soil was not just bad, but it was mostly dead! The biologist had been brewing some micro organisms in her lab and was kind enough to issue an experimental challenge using his land. He wisely accepted. They planted two test gardens, one treated with her bio-tea, the other plot was left as is. The garden planted with the micro organisms flourished and provided a tastier veggie than the garden plot planted in the untreated soil. Compelling stuff. So of course, I had to get my own worm composter.
Why Bother With Micro Organisms?
soluble, and insoluble fibers, minerals, proteins, and a whole lot of other factors that help keep our bodies healthy. Same thing with soil. A farm, homestead, or garden with healthy nutrient rich soil will thrive and provide healthy yields of flowers, herbs, fruits, and veggies. That kind of garden will also be far easier to maintain, and a pleasure to work in. A healthy soil is balanced in its composition, texture, nutrients, and micro-organism population.