Most urban centres have bylaws restricting access to ‘agricultural livestock’ leaving some gardeners trying to sneak a hen or two into their basements. Without question, the most productive and prolific of livestock is one that all urban gardeners and rural farmers need to appreciate more—the ‘lowly’ earthworm.
There are few agricultural inputs that can transcend the boundaries of various forms of agriculture, yet many conventional, organic and biodynamic farmers espouse the merits of a fermented cocktail generically referred to as EM.
Most organic growers know that a huge number of living organisms are found in just a spoonful of soil. But this diversity is not evenly distributed. Much of soil could be viewed as a desert, but occasionally one comes to an oasis filled with life. These oases are where plant roots are.
“A cloak of loose, soft material, held to the Earth's hard surface by gravity, is all that lies between life and lifelessness.”