I’d like to get into the uses of effective microorganisms.
(If you don’t know what EM is, you can start here.)
We already know that microorganisms perform many critical tasks in the world – in our bodies, in the soil, on plants, in waterways, and practically everywhere else.
In gardening, there’s a lot of focus on chemistry – fertilizer, NPK, etc.
And that’s important, but I like to spend just as much time on biology – microorganisms, insects, animals, and of course, plants.
Today I’m excited to teach you all about the good microbes and how to make effective microorganisms.
Using a soil inoculant may seem kind of unnatural, so let’s start with why it might be a good idea.
The most important life forms in your garden are too small to see.
Microbes cover every soil surface and even inhabit the insides of all larger organisms.
They have a dramatic effect on plant health and nutrition, as well as our own.
In most gardens, the microbiome has been thrown out of balance by things like tilling, chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Here’s the beginning of my sheet mulch – newspaper and manure
This week, I started laying the groundwork for an organic vegetable garden.
I’ve been digging out some grass for the beds (6-8 inches below soil level in some spots to put in a good, deep path) and sheet mulching other areas right on top of the grass.
I’ll post a video tomorrow to show where I’m at.