[permaculture] Fwd: Re: [SANET-MG] What determines the rate at which
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Wed Dec 29 00:43:45 EST 2010
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Subject: Re: [SANET-MG] What determines the rate at which
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 20:08:42 -0500
From: Elaine Ingham <soilfoodweb at AOL.COM>
To: SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU
Jim noted..... "whether there is enough that becomes available in
adequate amounts, at the right time and in the right balance is a
What is it that determines whether the nutrients tied up in plant
not-available forms, in the middle of a rock, or grain of sand, while
become available to the plant at the right time, in the right place, and
in the right balance?
Those critters I keep talking about........ bacteria, fungi, protozoa,
nematodes, microarthropods, and earthworms and..... all the rest of
If people have no clue what organisms are present, and whether there are
enough protozoa and beneficial nematodes to do the job of releasing
nutrients from the bacteria and fungi, then those folks are basically
doomed to poor fertility, and to falling back on use of inorganic
additions to their soil. And that approach fails because nutrients will
be lost through leaching, or through volatilization.
Build soil structure, hold nutrients in bacteria and fungi, release them
in plant available forms in the root zone and loss of nutrients from the
soil is insignificant.
Elaine R. Ingham
President, Soil Foodweb Inc.
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