Soil is the key.
Invest in your soil bank.
Earthworms make healthy soil.
Constantly tunneling down with bits of organic
matter, earthworms create a naturally aerated soil. These
tunnels carry water throughout the soil, where it can be stored
and used by roots, while providing good drainage to prevent rot.
After eating the organic matter, they expel
castings, which are extremely high in time release nitrogen,
phosphorous, and potassium, as well as minerals and
Aerated soil rich in nutrients and full of life
is said to have good tilth. Chemical farming destroys
tilth and worms which provide time released fertilizers
eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers.
Healthy soil makes healthy roots.
Roots like aerated soil full of nutrients and
water. Roots are better able to absorb simple,
time-released nutrients provided in organic form than they are
synthetic chemical fertilizers.
Synthetic fertilizers only provide large
molecules of a few basic nutrients, usually derived from
petroleum, and actually kill earthworms. Soil that has
been chemically treated has poor tilth.
Healthy roots make healthy plants.
Plants that cannot absorb the proper, balanced
amounts of nutrients grow weak, unable to provide the necessary
ingredients for proper stem and leaf development.
Without a healthy root system, many plants will
be easily lost to erosion, since there are no roots in the area
to hold the soil in place. Soil with poor tilth erodes
Healthy plants resist drought, disease, and
Try it yourself. Intentionally plant two
seeds of anything in two different areas. Treat one organically
in good soil, and the other badly (not necessarily with
chemicals) in poor soil. It's an easily verifiable
The Organic Conclusion
Earthworms make plants resist drought, disease,
and pests. If your plants are covered with pests, you need
better soil. Mort
never stops driving this point home. If you don't have
earthworms, you don't have healthy soil with good tilth.
Chemical fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides
kill earthworms and microorganisms. Remember, healthy plants
produce more and healthier food. In short, get worms!