As small as they are, soil microorganisms are the real giants in your garden, and your garden soil is swarming with billions of these microorganisms. This “living-soil-life” helps keep your soil healthy, decompose organic matter, replenish soil nutrients, form humus, promote root growth, increase nutrient uptake, and breakdown of herbicides and pesticides. These microorganisms include bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa.
For soil organisms to increase and thrive in your garden soil you need to provide food and a healthy environment. The “food” can be provided with organic matter, and the best way a gardener can provide organic matter is in the form of compost and cover crops.
How to Help Microorganisms Thrive in Your Garden Soil
Most important, consider your soil's microorganisms as part of your complete garden ecosystem. These microorganisms will actively decompose organic matter and replenishes nutrients, ensuring soil and plant health.
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