The Microcosm of Soil

As I press forth in my efforts to learn all I can about Roses and plants in general, I’m amazed at this whole microcosm of tiny creatures living in the soil in which these plants grow.

The Soil is a living breathing entity onto itself, full of bacteria, fungi and billions of tiny creatures, all fighting for survival and necessary ingredients in the health of all plant life.

Our intestinal tract is full of beneficial microorganisms that our intestinal flora need in order to absorb the nutrients our bodies need. Many people don’t understand this symbiotic relationship, and are quick to take antibiotics when they are sick, which in turn will also kill all the beneficial bacteria that we need in order to be healthy.

As I brew the daily compost tea to be sprayed on the plants, I realize that bacteria and fungi will grow in this brew when the conditions are right. Just a little bit of compost mixed in the water with some food like molasses and sugars, and some nutrients like kelp and fish emulsion, and suddenly you’ll have countless microbial life in less than 48 hours!

Even the spraying of these microbes onto the leaves of the plants will make them healthy, and the microbes allow the plants to absorb the nutrients needed to thrive.

Doing a soil drench with this compost tea will also benefit the plants by introducing a gazillion of these microbes into the soil so that the plants’ roots can be aided to absorb the nutrients. The roots function like our intestinal tracts, absorb the nutrients needed to extend our lives. It is all about balance and we need to understand this organic relationship that we have between us and the plants and the microbes that makes our world a thriving place.

I’m very much still in the learning phases of understanding the very nature of soil and its composition. I have an idea as I learn and grow as a gardener, but there’s still so much to learn.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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