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A well-tended garden is
a microcosm of the environment. Healty soil is the result of the
actions of many organisms, besides the human gardener.
Springtails, nearly microscopic arthropods related to insects, are
vital in converting organic material into soil. In a healthy
garden, there may be over 100,000 springtails in each cubic yard of
place that has soil is likely to have springtails. In fact, it is estimated that
the springtail is the most populous animal on the planet, outnumbering
even the ants and nematodes.
Earthworms serve a
similar purpose, consuming and converting larger bits of organic
material into rich soil. Earthworms are also responsible for
much of the soil turnover that occurs throughout the year.
Earthworms are also amazingly populous. When Charles Darwin
studied them, he estimated that an acre of normal soil could contail
53,000 worms. However, recent research indicates that healthy
farm soil could contain over 1.75 million worms. This means that
on the average farm, the worms outweigh the livestock!
Of course, many people
spray insecticides on thier gardens, to control unwanted pests. This
also greatly reduces the populations of these vital animals, and forces
the gardener to spend even more money on soil amendments to
replace what the worms and springtails would have added.
Sometimes I think we are a bit too civilized...
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