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MEET THE REAL WORLD WIDE WEB

Soil is arguably the single most important component for the sustainability and health of the human population. It’s time to get to know yours better. So says biodynamic gardener, Julie Moore

Many experts believe that through the overuse of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and heavy tillage we have unwittingly devastated those soil organisms essential to plant health.These soil microorganisms, particularly bacteria and fungi, form symbiotic relationships with plant roots, providing nutrients in a form that plants can assimilate. Human life simply can’t exist without this complex underground ecological system – the soil food web.

THE HIDDEN WORLD OF YOUR SOIL

On the surface, soil may not appear all that exciting, but it’s actually the second most diverse ecosystem on this planet behind coral reefs. Beneath our feet lives a complex underworld and interdependent web of microorganisms such as algae, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes and arthropods, to name but a few. In one handful of soil there are more living things than there are people on earth, most of which are invisible to the naked eye, and yet they play a key part in the health and functioning of our soils. Without this concealed world, our planet and the human race simply would not thrive.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: THE LATE SHOW In the latest update on progress on their new plot, Graham and Sally Strong gather in the late harvests, plant autumn onions and sow green manure FRUIT TREES IN TRAINING Gardening writer Wendy Pillar travels to West Dean Gardens in Sussex to see a wonderful collection of trained fruit trees AN EYE FOR A PIE ✪ Former Bake Off contestant James Hillery brings you some of his favourite fruit pie recipes and much more!