FreeSoil restores soil and plant resilience. At the heart of the approach is a compost extract from a high quality plant-based bio-compost which feeds the soil and the plants. The compost extract provides the basis and selection pool for an enormous variety of potential symbioses. Once it has landed on the plant and the soil, the plant carries out natural selection. The wide variety on offer means that the selection of microbes from the compost extract will turn out differently for every plant variety. This self-selection by the plant and soil life means that FreeSoil can be used quickly and practically for a wide range of crops, including by growers who often cultivate multiple crops.
The soil is revitalised by regularly applying micro-organisms. This in turn leads to the crucial symbiosis between the micro-organisms and the plant. Plants use photosynthesis to produce sugars that they use to grow and reproduce. A large proportion of the sugars (exudates) are released into the soil via the roots. Because soil organisms cannot make sugars, they feed on the sugars exuded by the plant. The soil organisms also require micro- and macro-nutrients in order to survive. They obtain those from the organic and inorganic material that is naturally present in the soil. This variety of processes creates a food web around plants’ roots in which bacteria and fungi feed on the exudates from the roots.
Larger organisms (nematodes, protozoa) in turn feed on these bacteria and fungi. When soil organisms die or eat one another, new nutrients are released that the plant can take up. A plant in a soil that does not have these soil organisms therefore has far fewer nutrients available. The release of nutrients by the soil food web is called mineralisation.
Soil organisms help with the uptake of nutrients, and ensure a better soil structure that can absorb more water and more root fungi (mycorrhizas) that expand the roots’ contact surface area.
A plant that is optimally fed has better resistance. In conventional agriculture plants cannot develop to their full genetic potential because there are insufficient soil organisms present (a quorum).
FreeSoil HQ compost does contain the diversity and quantity of soil organisms required. FreeSoil HQ compost also contains nutrients that can be absorbed through the leaves. This natural leaf nutrition stimulates symbioses because the plant can optimally convert sunlight to sugars and release sufficient exudates into the soil.