Once you have planted your cutting in a 1 gallon pot you are ready to start pumping it. Because you have decided to grow the best herbs in your home town you have chosen to go microbe. Live organic technology is all about knowing what plants and microbes are really all about.

When done properly, the day after you have planted your cutting, the pot should be teaming with life. That is the new and natural way of things. A plant is really only the iceberg above the surface. Many scientific disciplines came together in recent years to focus jointly on understanding the world of soils. Slowly, the findings about what goes on in down under are being applied to commercial agriculture. Perhaps it is time you applied this science to growing better plants and herbs in pots.

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It is a Strange World You Are Entering

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The Eagle Nebula

Ever gotten really blasted by looking at Hubble space photographs? Well there is a world below our feet that is just as intriguing and foreign to our everyday lives. The small and lowly microbes, work hand in hand with the plants to create herbs that can only be protected and nourished to the max with live organic technology. And the MAX is what this is all about. Most of us think of plants as only taking up nutrients. Few realize that a great deal of the energy from photosynthesis in the leaves is actually used by plants to make organic chemicals which are excreted through their roots. These secretions are known as exudates. These same exudents are the main source of food for fungus and bacteria

The Life In The Soil Creates Soil Nutrients

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Plant root exudates are mostly carbohydrates and proteins which feeds certain beneficial bacteria and fungi living in the soil.  They live on these exudates. This feeding takes place in the rhizosphere, an area around the roots, extending out a couple of millimeters. The jelly filled rhizosphere, is a constantly changing colony of soil microbes. This life competes for the root exudates, water and mineral content. Anything their tiny bodies don’t need is excreted as wastes, which plant roots are readily able to absorb as nutrients. How convenient that this production of plant nutrients takes place right in the rhizosphere, the site of root-nutrient absorption. Studies indicate that individual plants can control the numbers and the different kinds of fungi and bacteria attracted to the rhizosphere by the exudates they produce.

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Bacteria And Fungi Are Bags of Fertilizer

Soil bacteria and fungi are like small bags of fertilizer, retaining in their bodies nitrogen and other nutrients they gain from root exudates and other organic matter. When the bacteria die the bag is opened and the plant root immediately soaks up the readily available nutrients stored inside.

With out this particular process, the most crucial nutrients would drain through the potting soil mix. In a conventional chemically based fertility paradigm, whenever a grower applies a chemical fertilizer, only a little tad strikes the rhizosphere, where by it will be utilized, but a majority of of it goes on to drain from the bottom of the pot. Not so when they are stored within the microorganism’s body, a situation referred to as immobilization occurs. This is when these nutrients are ultimately discharged as waste products, or mineralized.