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Post  OhioGardener 4/12/2020, 11:41 am

While binge-watching gardening videos regarding the Living Soil Food Web, I came across this quote and it struck me how interlaced this is with everything Mel addressed in his SFG soil recipe.

"If you think you can just buy the best soil possible, you are wrong. Good soil is grown, it is not purchased. You have to grow your own soil, and you have to look after it. Soil is a living thing."  ~ Mark Valencia, "Self Sufficient Me"


The importance of Mel's Mix is the variety of composts in order to introduce multiple microbes into the soil, and to make it a living soil. And, each time there is a removal of plants from a section of the SFG, more compost is added to the soil, which introduces more microbes to refresh the soil.  This living soil provides all of the nutrients plants need without the need for fertilizers.  You cannot buy that living soil, you must build it.

Speaking of building soil, I must go out and work on a couple beds to add more compost to them....

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Post  sanderson 4/13/2020, 5:06 am

When I read "Teaming with Microbes" I looked at Mel's Mix with new appreciation. Truly a living soil.

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