When chemical fertilizer is used on lawns and gardens, the root zone is flooded with water soluble and plant-available nutrients. Plants immediately take up the nutrients they can use. In this process the nutrients take the form of water soluble salts. Salts cause the bodies of the bacteria, fungi and other organisms to dry out and die. With the “biology” depleted, processing the locked-up minerals into plant available nutrients will not occur. Plants are left to wait for the next “fix” of chemical fertilizers. Because of the water soluble nature of these chemicals, the fertilizer can be washed away from the root zone very easily by rain or later irrigation. These chemicals leach into aquifers, streams and lakes causing further ecological problems.
WMUK radio interviews Dane Terrill about Flowerfield's compost tea