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Don’t Panic, It’s Organic: Invisible Gardener’s Magical Elixir for your Garden

Andy Lopez, Contributing Columnist/Invisible Gardener
2:22 pm PDT August 11, 2014

I always try to explain to folks what it is that I do, especially when it comes to spraying.
I like to tell folks that all that I am doing is replenishing the soil with the living microbes that makes the soil and plants work together so well.
Because I am a genius, I am also providing these microbes with the minerals they eat. The way it is supposed to work is that the soil has its own microbes that eat minerals that is available to the plants through root hairs.
Put simply, the poop of the bacteria is the food of the plants.
If the soil is missing either the microbes or the minerals, plants will suffer from mineral deficiencies and will have low Brix levels. This will trigger pests to attack it and can also increase instances of disease.
Not all microbes are the same not every one does the same thing: There are good guys and bad guys. What we want, of course, are the good ol’ boys of the soil.
After many years of learning for myself what works and what doesn’t, I have managed to find out how to get these good ol’ boys to work for me in my garden.
The first time I made compost, I also made compost tea shorty after. Everyone makes compost, so it is not be hard to find a good living compost.
The compost you buy in plastic bags is not alive. It is sterilized. So you can use all of this type of compost forever and still not bring into your soil the good guys needed by the soil and plants.
That’s why we make compost in the first place, to reintroduce the good ol’ boys back into the soil. When you make compost, you really are providing an environment for these good ol’ boys to thrive in.
Normally, the compost you make should be rich in both microbes as well as rich in minerals and that means party time for the good ol’ boys.
They will eat the minerals and provide a nutrient-rich soil that the plants can then absorb through their roots via root hairs, which are located all along their root system. Chemical fertilizers especially Urea, destroy these root hairs and this stops the flow of minerals from soil to plant.
So besides making compost, making compost tea is the best way to reintroduce the good ole boys as well as minerals back to the soil and to the plants. By making compost tea, you are making a liquid that when sprayed onto your plants and will be absorbed by the plants through their leaves. This tea will be rich in that special nutrient that the microbes make and when absorbed into the plants in this way, the minerals are available immediately and go directly to what area of the plant they function best with.
Nature has set up this great relationship not only between soil and plants but also between plants and insects. Both have evolved over time to the point where insects know when the plants are low in minerals, and thus food for the insects. Insects need minerals too, but they process it differently than plants.
If you have any questions, email andy@invisiblegardener.com.