You really do have to be carefully what you read and even more importantly — what you accept and believe. Especially if you want to make nature your partner and keep gardening simple and enjoyable.
Agricultural science usually = the Chemical industry’s mindset
So much out there stems from commercial interests who are selling a “fix” for what they perceive to be an earth (or body) that just “can’t do it alone”. Sometimes the articles seem so informative. You have to become skilled at thinking about some of the important questions that are always left unanswered and sorting right from hype.
Agricultural science (and other sciences) may have started off to show findings based on facts but is now under the influence of the chemical industry (or other named industries). And that industry’s sole purpose is to make money by selling their products — whether you really need them or not. So words get turned around to sound like scientific fact —-only to help sell a product that supposedly you’re in need of to help nature — who just is “unable to do it by herself”.
Nature’s a Wonderful Teacher and Guide
What I do know is that for 35 years I’ve let nature guide me in the garden and am now pretty independent of what the conventional garden industry promotes. (And the other big tech industries as well.)
New Buzz Words
Lately I’ve come across some words and phrases about gardening that I’ve not heard in all these years. I love learning and always try to be open to information that is really of value and will benefit my garden. It’s very rare however — that I immediately accept a new buzz word or idea as fact. For the new information to be credible (at least with me) — it has to make sense based on my success over the past 35 years in gardening in partnership with nature.
I’ve seen quite a bit recently about how important “balancing the nutrient ratio in your soil” is.
In one article the adviser implied that if a new gardener didn’t have this done he might add too much organic matter to his soil and that would cause a lot of problem. (He had a product for sale.) (I wonder exactly what “too much” organic matter is? I’ve never had enough.)
Another article explained how complicated soil science is and that by adding too much of one nutrient, you are almost certain to reduce the availability of one or more other nutrients. So far so good.
Then in the next paragraph they contradicted that statement by telling about the product they had that if added to your soil would balance the nutrients perfectly. I wonder how this bagged product can balance all the different soils of the various buyers? Magic I guess. Anyway — it doesn’t make sense to me.
What I Do
In my 35 years of organic gardening successfully, I’ve never balanced my soil’s nutrient ratio. Sounds a bit too complicated and I’ve always let nature handle that for me.
There’s certainly not anything wrong with having a soil test done from an organically minded soil lab and following their advice if you want. (Keep in mind that most are chemically minded and conventional and will give advice based on that mindset.)
I’ve always had every confidence that nature could and would balance my soil for me. And if my success is any indication — she’s done just that.
To know all the whys and wherefores of how she does it is not required. All I have to do is tend my garden and follow her example the best I’m able.
Organic gardening is easy, effective, efficient — and it’s a lot healthier.
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