Since we are very interested in growing our own food, I thought I would write about what I’ve found. And the first thing for me to learn about is: what is the definition of organic soil?
So I went on the internet, a lovely thing to have access to, and found the following definition from aboutorganics.co.uk:
A healthy soil, rich in nutrients and life, is the essential building block of any garden. Soil is a complex and delicate ecosystem in its own right with a multitude of organisms converting a wide variety of inactive materials into the essential nutrients that your plants will thrive on. Chemical fertilisers can destroy these organisms and pull you and your garden into a cycle of dependency.
A fundamental principle of organic gardening is to feed your soil and then let the soil feed your plants. By providing the materials that the natural fauna and flora in your soil need to thrive, you will encourage more and more of these hard working little organisms to grow and multiply. The result: an ever increasing quality of soil with more and more available nutrients.
As your soil develops the effects spread further up the larger ecosystem. Good soil promotes healthy populations of worms and worms attract larger garden visitors. It’s not long before even the smallest garden starts to see signs of hedgehogs, toads and other more substantial beasties. Their presence further adds to the quality of your soil. You’d be amazed just how much nutrient comes out of the feathery posteriors of the typical family of birds.
So — organic soil is a living, evolving type of soil that supplies nutrients to the plants one is growing, which in turn supplies nutrients to the human body.
Add chemicals, such as chemical fertilizers, and you start to poison the soil, then the plants, and finally the human body.
If one is growing food in ever increasing nutrient rich soil, why use chemicals?
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