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Regnerative gardening means improving environmental conditions so that biodiversity can flourish
Healthy soil is the soul of your garden!
One teaspoon of good garden soil contains several yards of fungal hyphae, several thousand protozoa, a few dozen nematodes, and a billion invisible bacteria. The more life in your soil the better! Not only do these invisible members of the soil food web interact and communicate with your plants, they produce nutrients and food for them too. In turn, your happy plants put out root exudates (basically plant sweat), which attract and feed more fungi, bacteria, nematodes, and protozoa... and a healthy symbiotic relationship is formed.
Things you can do today to start fostering a healthy soil food web
The following are your friends! These beneficial creatures will hunt & destroy unwanted pests or improve conditions in your garden to make it less attractive to the bad bugs
Turn your household food waste into rich compost
You can make your own plant-based organic fertilizer using common weeds and perennials!
The below are some common weeds growing in my zone 3, Alberta garden that can be used to make fertilizer:
Collect any of the above and chop or break up and add to a jar or bucket. Add distilled or rain water to the container, ensuring all the plant matter is covered. A rock can be used to weigh down the plants. I like to add a few tablespoons of cane sugar to the mix as well.
Let sit out for 3-7 days. It's best to do this outside as it can be quite smelly when the plants ferment and break down.
When completed, strain out the decomposed plant matter and throw into your compost bin. Keep the liquid in a sealed container. Use 1 part 'weed tea' to 10 parts water. I use as a soil drench or foliar feed on houseplants and out in the garden. Mature outdoors plants can tolerate a stronger dilution of 1 part 'weed tea' to 4 parts water.
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