The Engine of NatureIntroducing...The Biological Method. Plant health & nutrition based on symbiotic relationships with soil biology. Soil carbon quality dictates microbial activity. Our Plant Health Products line of inoculants and stimulants drive soil biology in your favour by activating the liquid carbon pathway, and intitializing a process called bio-mining. Healthy soils = Healthy plants = Healthy people. Let us show you the way.
At Eco Health Industries, we suggest first considering the microbiological processes in soils and supplying inputs that accelerate their natural functions to keep them performing at their peak. Due to undoubtedly variable climate and environmental conditions, we then suggest turning to the latest Green chemistry to correct for valleys in productivity. The combination of the old and the new, encompassed in The Biological Method, has been shown to reach high levels of productivity at an eco-efficient cost to growers, the environment, and consumers.
The 3 step process
A) Loading of Organic Minerals
The addition of Both organic minerals and processed minerals in the right balance will sustain microbial activity and maintain optimal soil solution nutrient levels throughout the growing season. Plants ONLY uptake minerals that have been refined into ionic compounds. Either through industrial processes in factories or microbial processes in soils. Since microbes are temperature dependant, the properly managed supplementation with industrially processed minerals can fill valleys in microbial nutrient production ensuring a bountiful, healthy, nutrient dense, harvest without consiquence to consumers or the environment. It has become the overdependance on industrially processed minerals which has lead to the issues of poor nutrient density in foods and severe environmental impact in managing our landscapes. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water! 75 + years of chemistry development isn't all bad...
B) The Broad Spectrum Inoculum
Environments dictate their inhabitants. Whether in performance turgrass fields, Perennial gardens, manufactured landscapes, or monocroping systems, eventually the microbial profiles will shift into a less diverse community. Amending with a host of diverse beneficial soil bacteria, fungi, and protozoa encourages a stable, resilient, and productive growing environment over variable climates and conditions.
C) Advanced Green Chemistry
Supplementing with chemistry in the right place, at the right time, in the right amount, with the right form, will aid in sustaining the productivity and profitability of farmers, landmanagers, and citizens alike, both economically and ecologically. The addition of Nutrient Use Efficiency supplements help minimize the required amounts of conventional fertilizer inputs. Biostimulants such as the foliar delivery of 14 essential nutrients as a homogenous nano-package boosts photosynthetic efficiency, maintains leaf health, and increases production of plant carbohydrates (carbon) as food for synergistic microbes at significantly reduces rates. Everything in moderation!
So what's the plan of attack?
Example: In General situations for low maintenance plantings: Note Summer or Winter varieties may vary respectively.
Note: Your total mineral recommendations from a soil analysis should be reduced by up to half due to increased efficiency with The Biological Method. Soil tests should be used to determine the rate of a field's conversion to The Biological Method of soil management. Contact one of our soil biology professionals for a proper agronomic evaluation.
- 2 days prior to seeding, pretreat soils with Keyl8 soil prebiotic and Beneblend soil probiotic, Amend with 1/2 annual Nitrogen, and 2/3 Phosphorus and 2/3 Potassium annual amounts in approx 70:30 ratio of organic to processed minerals in granular form
- At 2-3 weeks post emergence, foliar apply BeneBlend Liquid Probiotic and SinC foliar spray.
- At 8-9 weeks, foliar apply Beneblend Probiotic and SinC foliar spray.
- At approx. 12-16 weeks treat soils with Keyl8 prebiotic soil amendment, amend with remaining 1/2 annual Nitrogen and remaining 1/3 Phosphorus and 1/3 Potassium in approx 50:50 ratio of organic to processed minerals in granular form
- At approx. week 18 Apply Beneblend Probiotic and SinC foliar spray
A) Loading of organic minerals
30% -70% Processed quick release Minerals
The addition of minerals is essential to net-negative mineral cropping systems or low nutrient potting soils and sports field stands: We must replace what we remove or don’t have to begin with. Supplying these in balanced amounts is critical, but equally critical is their forms.
70% - 30% Organic slow release Minerals
The most efficient, best, and environmentally responsible slow release minerals are in organic forms. Not only is it important to replenish minerals but also soil carbon along with them. The addition of 70% organic minerals and 30% processed minerals in readily plant available forms, maintains optimal soil solution nutrient levels throughout the growing season in fields with high microbial activity.
B) Adding the Broad Spectrum Inoculum
Monocrops and inert potting soils develop their own unique microbial composition as a result of the environmental conditions they’re exposed to: There is always an opportunist who seeks to live in a given space given favourable circumstances. This can be unique to every plot of land or facility, and has the potential to favour disease organisms if a routine change is not implemented frequently; especially in man managed environments that do not abide by the laws of natural order.
Amending these environments with a host of diverse beneficial bacteria, fungi, and protozoa (Soil Probiotics) encourages a stable and resilient growing environment over variable climates and conditions, ensuring no one microbe gets an advantage, and limits the necessity to rotate corps when one can taken advantage of economically significant windows.
C) Applying Advanced Green Chemistry
When sprayed onto the leaves of any plant, SinC’s safe and effective homogenous 14 mineral nanoparticles enter the plant through the cracks and crevices between leaf cells. The goal is to reach the cell communication pathway, known as the cytoplasm, with the complete mineral requirements plants need to perform essential plant functions; such as, cell division (AKA growth), immune defence responses, and reproductive development.
It’s important to note that the deeper into the cuticle on the way to the cytoplasm, the stronger the negative ionic charge. Conventional foliar products composed of only one chelated mineral, struggle to achieve efficient nutrient availability, and is why the best foliar products carry a neutral charge. SinC’s Ultra Small homogenous nanoparticles are comparable in size and ionic charge to the best conventional chelated mineral molecules, but it’s homogenous composition of 14 minerals provides unmatched and complete mineral bio-availability for use in plant functions.
Understanding the Importance of the Carbon Cycle
Repeatable high yields and productivity using only the conventional chemical approach requires attentive maintenance of crop health & nutrient levels, is expensive, and a laborious task. Only relying on synthetic nutrient additions (AKA Fertilzers), especially if they are unshielded, is walking a razors edge. Soil chemistry is volatile to say the least, making it very challenging to get it right year in and year out. Add that weather patterns change year over year, standardization of annual practices is generally next to impossible if one desires consistent productivity.
Productivity is limited to the seasons, whether growing indoors or out. It can be of importance to understand that as microorganisms grow and feed on soil and plant root carbons (AKA exudates), they secrete enzymes into the soil solution which break the chemical bonds of mineral compounds, and turn non plant-available minerals into plant-available forms. This is referred to as bio-mining, and is evidenced in how forests grow and meadows bloom without processed mineral fertilizers. Understanding microbial 'feed conversion' is like cashing in on free fertilzer and pesticides.
The argument over which is better, organic or synthetic nutrients, is a moot point as far as plants are concerned. They can only utilize minerals in bioavailable forms. Whether this is done in the soil by microbes munching on each other or organomineral compounds, or in a factory using synthesized chemical reactions, plants can only utilize minerals presented in a certain way: Hence our civilization’s recent infatuation with easily processed plant-available minerals fertilizers. Paradoxically, the primary problem with an all processed mineral approach, is that they are highly reactive when introduced into the soil. They quickly react with other minerals to become non plant-available: Generally showing efficiencies of approximately 60%, but more likely 40% on average usually due to unforeseen circumstances with application timing, such as shifting weather.
So one might see how the logical conclusion was that since we have this huge supply of easily processed plant-available minerals, we can simply add more to overwhelm the soil and make sure enough nutrients stay plant-available, right? Witness the last 50 years of agri-industrial farming practices. Unfortunately, as we have recently found out much to the peril of our environment, fertilizer leaching is a major global environmental problem affecting our waterways we face today.
This is in part why we’ve developed The Biological Method to crop and soil management. By facilitating natural processes and manipulating microorganisms to consume organo-minerals, we can limit nutrient leaching, balance the microbial communities that grow alongside our crops to deter disease, and only then, use advanced green chemistries that work within natural processes to maximize grower profitability, productivity, and consumer health. This we call Eco-Efficient sustainability; both Eco-nomically and Eco-logically.