Q30. How can I reduce the use of chemicals and herbicides?

Answer: Answer: Consider a biological approach to your farming practices. Have your soil chemical
and biology levels tested (see Agpath website for help) and then consider a programme to
repair the soil. Improving the organic matter in the soil helps it to hold water and nutrients.
Active soil biota release plant available nutrients so that external applications do not have to
be made that affect the soil biota negatively. If amendments such as lime or potassium need
to be added in the transition stage, then they can be added to compost and broken down
into plant available forms before they are applied to the soil or plants. As the soil develops
and the plants are healthier, then external sources other than seaweeds, fish, rock dust,
molasses, compost, compost teas will not be necessary.


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