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Probiotics for Insects, Soil and Self

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Probiotics for Insects, Soil and Self

For many people, the idea of dousing their veggie gardens with chemical pesticides or fertilizers is akin to dousing their nightly salad, children playing nearby and their companion animals with toxic sludge. Other individuals practicing organic gardening/farming may be looking for a compassionate way to deal with insects interested in their crops. So what do you do when the white flies take up camp in your kale patch?

Keeping bugs out of your garden begins from the ground up. Soil is a living substance and, like all living substances, needs to be respected and nourished. Strong soil equals strong plants, and strong plants are better able to protect themselves against insects. Just as we are what we eat, so are plants. When we cultivate the soil year after year, it can become depleted and the malnourished plants grown in this soil not only fail to wow at the county fair, they attract bugs.

There are a myriad of natural ways to revive depleted soil and deter insects, but the garden supplement Iím discussing today is so simple and miraculous it is too small to be seen by the naked eye: Effective Microorganisms.

Effective Microorganisms (EM), is a trademarked term for a specific blend of naturally-occurring beneficial microorganisms discovered by Professor Teruo Higa around 1980 at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


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3:20PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

I want to start growing a bigger range of vegetables - you always feel better when you pick things out of your garden to eat! Psychological or physical - it doesn't really matter. If it calms and comforts you it's worth it!

3:17PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Does seaweed fertiliser do the same thing for new plantings?

2:49PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012


1:40PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Thank you. I had not heard of these products before.

7:19AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Thank ypu. We take the soil for granted.

3:27AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

I recommend the Biodynamic preparations too to encourage soil bacteria

8:49PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Yes it is all about soil... and a bit of common sense!

4:45PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Thanks Alisa!~

2:29PM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

@ Leny B: Thank you for an informative post. I am growing organic tomatoes, cucumbers and peepers in containers on my small deck. As I live in zone five, the plants are just beginning to produce. Is EM-1 safe for container gardening? If so, can it be purchased in small quantities?

Yes EM-1 is safe for container gardening and in my opinion would be a great addition, as you are unlikely to have a good amount of worm activity in your containers. I've seen EM sold in containers anywhere from 12 oz to 1 gallon so you should be able to find what you're looking for.

6:43PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

thanks for the info..

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