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Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants

Title: Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants
Episode: 9
Broadcast: 27/4/14
Presenter: Trevor

Growing plants isn’t hard but there’s some things you need to know; they all need water, if you don't have water don't try growing anything unless its an endemic species or cacti. Plants also have to be fed, some a lot, and others very little to get great growth results. So how do you know how much is enough or how much is too much? Tune in as Trevor answers these questions.

  • There are a lot of different plant foods, most are fast release forms consisting of synthetic ingredients and often high in salts. These are good for short-term growth results but long term they have a habit of negatively affecting soils to the point they are depleted of beneficial microbes and organics.
  • Then there are slow release foods, most of these are either compound granular or synthetic plant foods needing time and microbes to break down, or they are manures which in small doses are great but come with the same problem of bringing potential hazards, such as steroids and added hormones in chicken and cow manure.
  • Unless its certified organic be very careful as these are injected or added to stock food to get them to grow faster or fatter quicker, and adding this to your garden for your plants to eat can mean we also ingest these additives-and you can imagine what the outcome could be for humans.
  • Then there are controlled release plant foods, these are the future of feeding plants. They are more expensive but they release small amounts of nutrient every day feeding the plant a complex diet of macro and micronutrients. This balanced diet leads to plants being able to take up what they need and no more staying in the soil or sinking deep into it polluting rivers and waterways.
  • When choosing what fertilizer to use, your major goal should be to add microbial soil life into the soil. Adding composts and well rotted organic manures will also deliver a better microbial soil base.
  • If your soil is pretty sparse and barren there’s a new plant food that provides the unique combination of 60 micro and macro nutrient, one of the most complex blends around in a controlled release formulation with 24 to 30 beneficial native microbes, and it is called Troforte M
  • It is an Aussie innovation and it is improving soil nutrition and soil health through microbe additions.
  • It is available through leading independent garden centers, Plants Plus and Thrifty Link and Home Timber and Hardware stores. For more information check out www.saveoursoils.com.au

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