What is healthy soil?
Healthy soil is that which allows plants to grow to their maximum productivity without disease or pests and without a need for off-farm supplements.
Healthy soil is teeming with bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, nematodes, and other tiny creatures. Those organisms play an important role in plant health.
Soil bacteria produce natural antibiotics that help plants resist disease. Fungi assist plants in absorbing water and nutrients. Together, these bacteria and fungi are known as “organic matter.” The more organic matter in a sample of soil, the healthier that soil is.
Every organic farming practice contributes to healthy, resilient soil that can support abundant life both below and above ground, making organic farming a powerful tool for soil conservation.
Effect of using organic fertilizers and manure:
- Improves soil structure.
- Increases water holding capacity.
- Increases aeration and availability of oxygen for better rooting.
- Increases nutrient availability.
- Increases active fraction of organic matter.
- Improves resistance to soil-borne pests and insects due to a higher predator population.
- It reduces the chemical fertilizers dose up to 75%.
- It increases organic carbon percentage in soil.
- Also, it maintains the pH of the soil.
- Micro-organism activity in the soil triggers and soil becomes healthy and porous.
- High organic carbon in Happy Plant increases humus and water holding capacity of the soil. As a result, the root system increases and the plant also become healthy.
- Happy plant improves the size, quality, lustre and aroma of the fruits.
- Life of plant increases and simultaneously more harvest is obtained.