Understanding the soil food web

  • | Wednesday | 12th February, 2020

Shameek Chakravarty ByExpress News ServiceBENGALURU: As a gardener, your life can become a lot simpler if you spend time understanding the soil food web, and the role it plays in helping your plants grow. Good-quality soil that supports plant growth is teeming with life – bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, earthworms and more. These organisms provide nutrients to your plants, maintain soil structure by loosening it continuously and defend against pests and pathogens. Let me try and explain how the soil food web works, so you can harness power of this army better. In order to get life back into your soil and establish a thriving soil food web so that your work is minimised, I recommend using compost extensively along with compost tea.

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