SOILING THE EARTH

In a world of growing awareness of organic practices and fostering an eco-friendly approach to life, even a simple thing as choosing the right soil for our plants can make a difference.

Labeling something as “bio” or “organic” is built on certain variables and factors that are controlled. However, a practice can be naturally eco-friendly or non-harmful with great sustainability without aspiring to be so.

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Here comes the tricky question – what do we then choose? Quality and durability or organic but not durable? Which is then more energy-efficient for what price?

Naturally, I took a personal interest in soil early in life since I like repotting our plants back home and making things grow. I loved raking our garden, just as I enjoy the sound of gravel under my feet and sifting sand through my fingers.

As I might have shared before, while I was an intern at TetraPak in Lund at their information department in the early 90’s, I got to learn more about one of their founders’ pet project – making soil with beds of peat, mulling for years – to a special quality brand called Simontorp. It’s still my favorite in Sweden since all my plants grow well and remain healthy with it. I would think their process is very organic.
IMG_4491Today, I saw these two kinds of soil, one organic and the other with added lava/volcanic rocks it seems. If anything the latter must be hindering growth one can think. Adding minerals can only benefit if we have something to add it to. And do Hibiscus plants grow on lava? No, they don’t. So why then? To create something new, to sell something coming from Paradise. And perhaps because volcanic water is beneficial for our health (at least mine). Separating the use of the natural elements here, however, is crucial since they all need each other to work together. Which soil is best used for much watering for example? Blending, morphing and separating into strength and flexibility, one leading a season into another. And to become the very ground we live on.
IMG_4492Put yourself in the same pot as another, or rather, let each plant be its best own beauty!

When do you choose organic and why? Is it the same as being sustainable? Discuss it with us at Telluselle Living Center or in the comments below!

 

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