"Pepe" on Compost Tea
The future of farming and gardening seems to be returning to the past. The ancient people of our planet somehow understood the importance of the soil almost instinctively. The ancients had more of a universal or micro cosmic understanding of our soil and the importance of it to human survival. They understood rhythms, and natural cycles. The ancients had a keen sense of our planet and the power of the moon, stars and our sun.
Today, The Soil Food Web is a fancy term for the incredible diversity of organisms present in healthy soil. These organisms range in size from the tiniest one-celled bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa, to the more complex nematodes and micro-arthropods, earthworms, insects, small vertebrates, and plants.
The interaction of all these organisms offers tremendous benefits in organic farming. All of these organisms eat, grow, and move through the soil. These diverse creatures help our planet to have clean air and water. They also assist in keeping plants healthy and in managing soil compaction and water flow.
These organisms maintain an ongoing cycle of decomposition. They decompose organic matter in the soil such as manures, plant residues and even pesticides. They also sequester nitrogen and other nutrients from the air and soil that might otherwise enter groundwater. These important creatures also fix nitrogen and make it available to plants. Many organisms like larger visible earthworms enhance soil aggregation and porosity. Soil organisms prey on crop pests and are a source of food for above-ground animals. The Soil Food Web is like a mini universe that keeps getting bigger as you dig deeper with the power of a microscope. It is a complex and integral part of our planet and much is still to be discovered.
Today, our new understanding of Actively Aerated Compost Tea offers tremendous benefits for our soil, air, water and the food we eat. Our health begins with the soil. When we care for the soil the plants will pretty much take care of themselves. Healthy soil is possible because of the billions of tiny hard working friends that live, reproduce and die in it. Returning balance to our soil is possible with compost teas. These teas can be applied as soil drenches or as foliar applications. More and more farmers, landscapers and homeowners are turning to compost teas and its benefits every day.