Life in the Soil

Bacteria Primary decomposers of organic matter they lock up nutrients close to the roots (that otherwise might wash away) the nutrients are released upon the death of the Bacteria. Bacteria act as ‘food storage banks’ Mycorrhizae Mycorrhizae are beneficial fungi They live symbiotically with the plant’s roots roots provide Carbon for the fungus the fungus

Soil Is A Living System

Soil Is A Living System Widespread use of chemical fertilizer (NPK) robs the soil of its living biology. This usually takes place in the modern mechanized method as a cycle of cultivation, seeding, synthetic fertilization, protection (spray) and harvesting. Compaction (from the heavy machinery) causes the need for more/deeper cultivation ‘plow sole’ leads to layer