Microbes are central to all life on earth.
MIND BLOWING FACT: Did you know that if you examined one teaspoon of soil under a microscope, you would find about 1 billion microbes and 10,000 species?
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology UK
These little powerhouses perform a number of vital tasks, central to ensuring trees and plants grow and are kept alive. They also:
1. Break down the soil, making it possible for plants to send their roots down to look for nutrients
2. Sequester life-giving carbon from the atmosphere to feed trees and plants
3. Clean the atmosphere of pollutants
4. Regulate carbon sequestering and its release into the atmosphere.
The carbon cycle is complex. Perhaps, it is enough to know that if you introduce microbes into your garden soil, or pot plants, you are adding to this amazing cycle of life. Or you can read this great pamphlet from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology UK which will give you more information.
Even if you are not able to grow a forest in your backyard, you can still nourish your garden, so that your plants and trees thrive.
Make your own organic super fertiliser
What’s exciting is that you can make it just using simple household ingredients for very little cost. We found the recipe online, but it was for industrial quantities, so we have reduced the quantities.
Courtesy of Graeme Salt, from Nutrition Matters.