what is soil?
- Hello Everyone, heres a very nice quote taken from the Introduction of
Krasilnikovs Soil Microorganisms and Higher Plants that offers another
perspective on soil;
The principal property of the soil fertility is determined by biological
factors, mainly by microorganisms. The development of life in soil endows it
with the property of fertility. "The notion of soil is inseparable from the
notion of the development of living organisms in it". Soil is created by
microorganisms. "Were this life dead or stopped, the former soil would
become an object of geology" (Vi'lyams, 1950, p 204).
Kostychev and Vil'yams transferred the science of soil from the chapter of
geology to the chapter of biology.
Dont forget that this seminal work on soil is available from Steve Solomon
s www.soilandhealth.org <http://www.soilandhealth.org/> library.
Elaine Inghams www.soilfoodweb.com <http://www.soilfoodweb.com/> expresses
this essential connectivity of soil, life and fertility very well. Without a
doubt anyone who can maintain a fully integrated and diverse soil life will
be able to achieve disease and pest free plants. For anyone who has Fukuoka
s Natural Way of Farming, Chapter 4 has some detailed recommendations for
vegetable planting dependent upon weed succession and long term rotations
for many vegetable and cereal species. This practical advice is based upon
establishing and maintaining this soil microbial life, so that
successionally and rotationally soil receives the plant exudates and
residues necessary to maintain the diverse microorganism life required of
healthy soil. Monocultures and reduced rotations encourage only certain
microorganisms, biodiversity and long rotations allow the full spectrum of
microorganisms to become established.
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