Beneficial Nematodes

“When released into the soil, nematodes seek out the larvae and pupae of susceptible pests by sensing the heat and carbon dioxide they generate. They enter pests through various orifices or directly through the “skin.” Once inside the host, they release a bacterium that kills it within a day or two. They will continue to feed on the remains, multiplying as they do, before exhausting it and leaving to seek another food source…”

Cover your Earth. Period.

The Mother does not like to be naked. How would you feel if you were hanging out on a beach, dressed in your swimsuit with a pina colada, then all of a sudden a snow blizzard came blowing through on your beach day? Okay, so that is a bit extreme, but it is essentially what happens to the creatures that live in the soil when we do not cover it.

The Earth begs for her protection by covering herself with “weeds”, so do her a favor, either keep the weeds there or cover her with cover crops, wood chips, straw, lawn clippings, cardboard, or any other organic woody materials. DO NOT put down gardeners plastics or anything of the such. The Earth is alive, it has to breathe too.

Stay conscious and Happy Autumn!!!

 

Oh yeah, check out my babies (their soil is covered with the leftovers of sugar cane called bagasse).

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Yes, trees do communicate.

We destroy what we do not understand. It is time to recognize this and educate ourselves about the world around us. Trees communicate with each other underground through the intelligent network of mycelium. Fungi is very important in our soils, and by watching this video you will recognize this as well.

You see what is hidden is not “bad” 😉

Check out this video with love and care. ❤

 

Compost Maturity

“And while sensitive plant species and seedlings require a high degree of maturity, other plants, such as many field and row crops, orchards, pastures, and turf, are more tolerant of a compost’s continuing biological activity.”

Make sure that it is a vegetarian compost pile. If you use manure as your high nitrogen it is best to let it mature before applying the compost- for safety sake.

check out this PDF: http://www.compost.org/pdf/sheet_4.PDF

What are the benefits of healthy soil?

1. Nutrient Cycling
2. Water Retention
3. Disease Suppression
4. Soil Structure (to create aeration)
5. ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR FERTILIZERS AND THE ‘CIDES’!
6. Maintains Plant health with out your help
7. Increases Carbon Sequester
8. Less Heavy Chores
9. Soft Soil
10. Happy Family, Happy Community, Happy Nation, Happy World!

Because we are not being control freaks and letting nature do what it does best!
If you do not know how to create harmonized and balanced soil you can contact me at

latoya_crick@yahoo.com
Can not wait to chat with you!! 😀

Why isn’t our economic system replicating the nutrient cycle within the soil!?!?!?!

Soil bacteria and fungi are the small bags of fertilizers within the soil. The protozoa and nematodes come along, eats and digest the bacteria or fungi, and excretes the excess of carbon and other nutrients as waste that isn’t needed for them to survive.

So back to my title… Why are we not replicating this perfect system? Because not only does the nematodes and protozoa benefit from the fundamental organisms within the soil, but also the plants that need extra nutrients benefits too! Which in all brings a complete circle for all to survive and benefit.

If we as a human species learn how to only take what is needed in every aspect of our lives then we wouldn’t have these issues of food scarcity, economic failure, water pollution, etc.

Let’s return to the soil and learn their ways!

(for FYI this photo isn’t mine. I just think it is beautiful!)