How to grow microherd?
This caught my eye in another post in CA gardening: "Organic fertilizers work really well in the ground, in native soil. They rely on soil microbes to convert the essentially raw materials, fish & sea weed, or bone and blood meal for other kinds, into NPK. Plants can't eat fish, or seaweed, the soil microbes can and they convert the ingredients into nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous, and micro nutrients, that the plants can absorb. "
So....I am using mostly native soil in my 18" raised beds - which is silty loam - amended with organic matter. And I've been using organic Dr. Earth's Tom/Veggie fertilizer and seaweed. How do I evaluate the state of my microherd of microbes? And how would I cultivate this herd? I am making my own compost but it's not ready for primetime yet...
Also, thanks to everyone for educating me to the point where I'm even able to ask this question! ;)
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