PLANTS ARE A REFLECTION OF SOIL HEALTH
There are many factors affecting plant food availability within the soil
The soil is the foundation for all plants. Thus, the quality of the crop produced is often a reflection of soil condition. So what is a plant’s potential when given a suitable environments? Let’s fnd out!
SUNLIGHT and ENERGY
“You want that
high sugar content, that’s what keeps your plant healthy”
MIke was working with some Amish farmers who were having a problem keeping their kids from eating the corn! That’s what happens when you feed the plant what it needs, it becomes sugar-producing factory! Fertilizer is one part of the equation. Planting depth, reduced tillage, increased microbial activity, plant genetics, herbicide use, etc., all play a part.
RHIZOSPHERE (ROOT ZONE)
The products you place into your “root zone”
impact your plant’s ability to develop and thrive
The rhizosphere, a narrow habitat of soil surrounded and directly influenced by plant roots, is a very dynamic environment where plants, soil, microorganisms, nutrients, and water meet and interact (4, 7, 16, 34).
Plant roots release components of organic material (e.g., sugar) into the rhizosphere (38). Plant root mucilage or secretions is mainly composed of six sugar residues (e.g., glucose, galactose, mannose, fucose, xylose, and arabinose) found in varying amounts in the presence of certain soil organisms (1).
These root secretions serve as great food sources for beneficial microorganisms, increase the availability of nutrients in the rhizosphere, make a suitable environment around the plant roots, and create a very unique environment, different from the rest of the soil ecosystem.