Let us be clear what we are doing with our work in these natural soil habitats. We are building or strengthening soil habitats with LIFE. The main word is ‘LIFE.’ To sustain this Life requires foods – minerals – both trace and major/minor nutrients. In a form the bugs (the LIFE) can eat! It requires energy. We believe soil LIFE is best referenced as the ‘soil foodweb.’
It is this soil food web that is nature’s preferred delivery system between the organic and inorganic systems, between the available and unavailable nutrients, and out of that energy for growth, disease resistance, nutrient retention versus leaching, top soil staying in place rather than eroding away – and yes, even rebuilding that lost top soil. The measurement for performance in building this strength, LIFE, growth, resistance to disease, cycling of nutrients is the increase in organic matter.
We need to hold onto good soils, rebuild our poor soils and give the earth a chance to produce nutrient dense foods again. That’s what we (SGTX) are trying to do. ‘Compost Tea’ isn’t a silly concept. ‘Compost Tea/Liquid Compost Extract’ is a very viable tool – a way to jump start natural systems. Before you say we aren’t putting enough amendments out to do any good, ask if we are doing the same thing as synthetic fertilizers. We are feeding the little tiny critters so they can do the work with their zillions. We aren’t feeding the plants like synthetic fertilizers do.
An article Betsy wrote: Does Soil Biology Influence Soil Chemistry? Yes, It Does!
How do you find out more about these subjects? We have provided you a list on our resource page. In addition, these are other places to find our crowd:
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Holistic Management International
- Native Plant Society of Texas
- Dr. Christine Jones’ Soil Carbon Papers
- Ian Mitchell-Innes Mob Grazing
- Stockman Grass Farmer
See our company’s ‘Statement of Qualifications.’
Will this natural system work? You bet, IF you want it to work!
For 15 years SGTX has criss-crossed this great state of Texas working on all kinds of pastures with delightful folks each having varied goals. Each land is unique with its own history, its own use, its own set of cultural practices. And the goals of these land owners – small acreage or large – are like a breath of fresh air! The vibrancy of people living on the land these days gives rise to what I call the ‘New Ag.’