Importance of Fertilizer

Fertilizer plays a major role in the agriculture industry, not just in farming but also in gardening and harvesting. Fertilizers are used daily by the families and farmers to help gardens and crops grow. All the nutrients in our food mostly come from the soil. To create healthy crops, farmers do need to work with healthy soil and fertilizer is something that makes the soil healthy. Soils naturally contain a lot of nutrients and these nutrients are what allows plants to grow. If soils are missing these nutrients, then plants suffer from nutrients deficiency and stop growing. When the nutrient level is too low, the plants cannot function properly and produce the food necessary to feed the world’s population and that’s where fertilizers come in.

Nutrients can be added from a variety of fertilizer for example, organic and inorganic. Organic fertilizers are made from natural and organic materials like manure and compost. Inorganic fertilizer includes nitrogen, phosphate, phosphorus, and potassium. Farmers usually turn to these fertilizers because all these substances contain plant nutrients. Fertilizers are something that has been used since the start of agriculture. Most farmers today prefer to use fertilizers that are either mined or manufactured. The use of fertilizer is expensive and can also harm the environment if not used correctly especially inorganic fertilizers. Farmers usually send a soil sample to a laboratory for testing to know which nutrients and how much to apply to the soil. Gardeners and farmers are very careful in adding fertilizer because even too little is added the crops or plants will not produce as much as they should. Fertilizers are crucial to the security of the world’s food supply, and they must be used properly.

What Is Vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting is an easy way to help our environment by reducing waste. It is a win-win situation for both us and worms. Vermicomposting is a type of composting in which certain species of earthworms are used to enhance the process of organic waste conversion and produce a better end-product. It’s a convenient way to dispose of organic waste, such as fruit or vegetable scraps, and also reduces your carbon footprint because your food isn’t contributing to overfilling landfills. You could even use this compost to feed and provide nutrients to your home garden and indoor plants. Composting is a great way to recycle your food into a rich and nutrient-filled soil addition. For worms, it gives them a healthy and bountiful home with all of the free food they could ever need. If you’re worried about the smell, have no fear. Focus on properly setting up your compost bin and caring for your earthworms; smell should not be a problem!

Technology in Agriculture

We currently live in a world where technology affects every aspect of our life. Technology is extremely important in several fields such as education, nursing, engineering, and agriculture as well. Before the recent technological rise, many agricultural functions were performed by hand; however, modern farms and agricultural operations today work vastly differently. 

A great deal of these functions have changed due to new advancements in technology including the introduction of sensors, devices, machines, and much more. Through using advanced devices and robotic systems, businesses are now more profitable, environmentally friendly, efficient, and safer. Today’s agricultural fields are more likely to use technologies such as robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, and GPS because of the advantages that they can provide. For example, robotic machines are exceedingly reliable when monitoring data, managing natural resources, and tracking air and water quality. Technology also gives producers greater control over plant and animal production, processing, storage, and distribution. This results in safer growing conditions, greater efficiencies, and lower prices. 

In today’s society, farmers no longer have to apply water, fertilizers, and pesticides evenly across entire fields by hand. Instead, they can easily target a specific area or even treat individual plants differently with the help of technology. This technique can present several benefits, such as higher crop productivity, and a decrease in use of water, fertilizer, and pesticides, which result in keeping prices down and maximizing profits. It also increases the safety of workers and results in minimal runoff into rivers and groundwater, which ultimately helps preserve the environment in that area. In all, technology has proved to be a great asset to utilize as it makes agricultural production easier and more efficient.

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Understanding Soil Microbes….What are they?

Soil microorganisms can be classified as bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, algae, and protozoa. Each of these groups has characteristics that define them and their functions in soil. Up to 10 billion bacterial cells inhabit each gram of soil in and around plant roots, a region known as the rhizosphere. Worm castings are a great example of a soil microorganism. They contain a highly active biological mixture of bacteria, enzymes, and most importantly animal manure. These castings are extremely rich in water-soluble plant nutrients. It is the best 100% organic fertilizer that can increase a plant’s yield, protect both soil and plants from diseases and help the soil retain moisture. 

At Earnest Earth, we want our buyers to have the best gardening experience so we have teamed up with local farmers and use microbes to enhance your experience.