- Improves soil structure, water and oxygen infiltration
- Increases organic matter in the soil. An increase of 1% carbon(humus) can store 170,000 litres per hectacre more water holding capacity.
- Increased humus also retains nutrients in your soil.
- Higher yields - studies show that you can improve maximum yield potential by increases of organic matter in the soil.
- Inorganic fertiliser substitution - compost contains slow-release, crop available minerals,
- Produces nutrient dense & strong plants that are less
- Resistant to pest pressure
We all seem to be aware of the many cycles that govern our lives, the tides, the phases of the moon, changing of the seasons etc., but what about the nutrient cycle and its connection to farming. It's well known that all life needs nutrients to live and grow, and that it is costly and un-sustainable to continue to import these inputs onto the farm. Over the past 70-80 years farmers have relied on using more and more chemical fertilisers, with little knowledge of the damaging effects these products have on our soils.
We began studying aspects of the soil and soil micro-biology, and learnt that the role of the microbes in the soil is vital to nutrient re-cycling. Science has now discovered, and shown us by use of microscopes, the hidden world of the soil, and that it is the microbes in their own food chain, that breakdown and consume organic matter, and in turn get eaten by the larger microbes, their own cycle creates the nutrients in a form that is ‘available to the plant’. At the same time the microbes also improve the soil structure, the water and oxygen infiltration, nutrient retention that all contribute to healthier soils.