Have you ever considered adding microbes to your garden? There are many benefits to doing so! Microbes can help protect plants from pathogens, improve soil quality and fertility, and increase crop yields. In this blog post, we will discuss ways that microbes benefit the health of your garden.
One of the most important ways that microbes benefit your garden is by protecting plants from disease. Some fungi and bacteria can help protect crops against plant diseases such as late blight and powdery mildew. For example, in a study on tomatoes in New York, researchers discovered that plants inoculated with a fungus called Trichoderma Harzianum grew better and had fewer disease symptoms than the control group. This beneficial fungus can also be used on other crops such as peppermint and cranberry!
Another way that microbes improve the health of your garden is by fixing nitrogen. Nitrogen fixation is when certain bacteria can convert inert atmospheric N into bioavailable forms such as ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. For example, Rhizobium is one of the most well-known nitrogen fixers because they live symbiotically with legumes such as peas, beans, and clover. When Rhizobium infects a legume plant, it will produce root nodules that provide the host with all of their nitrogen needs!
Mycorrhiza is another type of beneficial fungi that live in the soil. Mycorrhiza are fungi that form symbiotic associations with plants' roots where they benefit from receiving sugars while providing their host’s root system with increased access to water and nutrients!
One of the best ways you can improve your garden is by adding beneficial microbes! There are many different kinds of beneficial fungi and bacteria that you can use in your garden. If you want to learn more about these helpful microorganisms, check out our blog post on how to get started using them today!