Soil Health: What are Microbes?
Microbes are microscopic organisms that live everywhere. Going by the names of “bacteria,” “fungi,” “actinomycetes,” “algae,” “protozoa,” and “nematodes,” they live in water, in soil, in air and in rock. While some species of microbe are extremely delicate, destroyed by the slightest change to their environment, other microbe species are hardy and resilient. Within a few days, entire microbial populations can explode into existence … or be utterly decimated in reaction to environmental disruption. And here’s the gist of it: soil health depends on these thriving underground microbe societies.
To give you an idea of how many microbes there are, consider this: while there are seven billion human beings on planet Earth, there are twenty-one times more microbes in just one cup of earth.
Yes, one cup of soil can contain nearly 147 billion microbes!
Soil Health and Microbes
Crucial then to soil health, as farmers and gardeners we need to stand as guardians of these microbial societies. Chemical fertilisers, hard animal waste and poor ‘organic’ fertiliser not only wreaks untold damage on these fragile microbe populations but also poisons the soil, fomenting a breeding ground for soil decay and all sorts of soil disease.
Microbes are essential for soil health and healthy human life—we could not exist without these microscopic friends. The relationships between microbes, soil, plants, animals and humans are extremely delicate and exceedingly complex. And for this reason, we are thrilled to supply the revolutionary, all-natural mineral fertiliser GROlife. Among many things, GROlife protects the microbial societies in the soil, providing balanced nutrition while enhancing symbiotic relationships for excellent soil health.
See here for more information on GROlife and discover its many outstanding properties for soil health. Let’s protect our microbe friends and bring life back to our gardens and farms. As we like to say, give your soil and plants the boost they deserve!