Liebig’s law of the minimum*

More is not often better – balance is best! 

You have a plant that doesn’t look well. You pour some fertiliser on to it but it still doesn’t seem well. You pour more on to it and then more on to it. This does not work. The beauty of the pig poo and straw is that as a mulch it is perfectly balanced with the trace elements in the right amounts and the natural microbiology already there. The molasses that we add is simply a carbohydrate to feed the fungi. As an extra we also add seaweed to make it an even better product. You can put as much pig poo on your garden as you like and you will not disturb the balance of your soils.

When it comes to mulches, you do need to be a little careful. Mulches like wood chips serve the purpose for good weed control and that’s it. They simply have zero nutritional value. From there mulches like the pig poo have a high organic matter and the ability to break down simply through fungi.

*Liebig was a German chemist who made contributions to agriculture and biology. This concept was originally applied to plant or crop growth, where it was found that increasing the amount of plentiful nutrients did not increase plant growth. Only by increasing the amount of the limiting nutrient (the one most scarce in relation to “need”) was the growth of a plant or crop improved. This principle can be summed up in the aphorism, “The availability of the most abundant nutrient in the soil is only as good as the availability of the least abundant nutrient in the soil.” Or, to put it more plainly, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Reference: Wikipedia

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