What is fertile soil?

We at Plant Grow define it as the life-source for our plants and thus for our food. Without fertile soil, no life can flourish. So, what makes some soil productive than others? The answer lies with the teams of living organisms, the countless and diverse microbes, nutrients and minerals in the soil ecosystem that are capable of sustaining plants within it.

The diversity of organism in the ecosystem of who eats whom in the soil make the soil food web. In every gram of a good soil, there are billions of different beneficial microbe species (bacteria, fungi, nematodes and protozoa). All these play a role in plant productivity; they act as a natural defense against diseases and stress tolerance. They make nutrients available for plants, break down organic matter into simple chemical components that can be absorbed by plants hence fuel their metabolism. In the soil food web is eat and be eaten world and this is what sustain healthy plants. Living microbes are vital to all soil!

Most farmers just add NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) fertilizers but this does not sustain life in the soil. Frequent use creates imbalance in the soil because inorganic fertilizers just add refined nutrients to the soil without the beneficial microbes. This imbalance often kills the other things in the soil like microbes that makes nutrients readily available to our plants, thus decrease nutrient uptake to plants overtime. Therefore, in order to grow the most healthy and vigorous plants complete nutrition to the soil including beneficial microbes and minerals must be added.

We believe in making food system healthiest, which is why soil is so important to us. Keep reading our blogs to learn all about how to ensure our soil is productive and how microbes naturally make nutrients available to plants.

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