Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Why Beneficial Microorganism ARE

Add beneficial microorganisms to your soil for plant health

Hello from the farm!

Did you every wonder.....

What puts the beneficial in "beneficial microorganisms"?

"Good" microorganisms are important in our gardens, lawns and farms for at least two reasons:

  • Plant growth stimulation
  • Plant disease suppression

Plant Growth Stimulation

Beneficial microorganisms promote plant growth in two ways:

  1. Nutrient Conversion
  2. Stimulation

1.  Nutrient Conversion

When organic materials such as compost, vermi-compost, manures, or worm castings are present in the soil, microbe activity converts the nutrients contained in the material into a plant available form.  The plant absorbs more nutrition and - surprise, surprise - the plant grows better and faster.

It follows, then, that the higher the number and the higher the quality of microbes, the more nutrition is available for the plant and the better the plant grows.

2.  Stimulation

Another "Mode of Action", or MOA, of microorganisms  is stimulating growth of the plant and root.  There are certain "rock stars" of the Microbe Universe (fungi included) that produce growth stimulating "metabolites".

Other mysterious physical interactions of some strains of microbes and fungi stimulate growth through specific mechanisms that are little understood. It's enough to know it happens.

Plant Disease Suppression

Beneficial microbes control plant disease through the following mechanisms:

  • Soil Remediation:
    They feed on pathogens, eliminating them from the soil.
  • Competitive Exclusion:
    They inhibit pathogen growth by taking up space and nutrients.
  • Microbiostasis:
    They kill pathogens or limit their growth.
  • Rhizosphere Competency:
    They prevent pathogens from accessing into the plant's roots.
  • Systemic Resistance Inducement:
    They strengthen and stimulate the plant's own natural defenses against disease.

"Since disease prevention is infinitely easier than disease curing, having the growing medium enhanced with beneficial microbes from the get-go is important for success."

Enhancing Soil Microorganisms

It's easy to see why maintaining the beneficial microorganism population in our soils is so important. Protect the microbes you have by avoiding chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Build up the soil by applying organic materials that are alive with microbes, like worm castings and vermi-compost.

Improve and expand beneficial microorganisms in your growing medium with these liquid soil inoculants made from worm castings:

  • VermaPlex®, teeming with these growth enhancing, disease preventing microbes,  is important in the beginning or when plants are struggling.  Apply VermaPlex® at seed planting and transplanting time or when plants are showing signs of disease or stress.
  • VermaMax LE® contains extra nutrition for more growth and green.  A must for high nitrogen using plants.  Once plants are established, is doesn't matter which liquid is used.
    VermaMax LE® is available in select areas for now. 

A good regime is alternating liquids throughout the growing season.  In our studies, micro-dosing with a very small amount at each watering brought the best results.

Happy Growin',

Best Way To Add Beneficial Microbes

A potent combo for enhanced growth and plant health.  VermaMax LE®  is available in select areas for now.

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