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Gardens of Diversity

Gardens of Diversity

Our collective potential is limitless. When we cooperate and unify, we create something larger than ourselves. A community that works cohesively will always be better at achieving their goal. Similarly, an organism is a collection of many microscopic forms of life: plants, animals, and our earth are all a symbiosis of life that have found balance and become an organism. The collective community of life within these organisms provide individual and unique contributions that further growth, adaptation and evolution. Together, we grow our plants, bodies, minds, spirits and communities. Life supports life, this is the importance of diversity, the key to growth and sustainability. The Earth nurtures such a massive diversity of life; from single cells to rainforests, diversity becomes an organism.

Science is the observation and study of the natural world. As we begin to understand science we strive to mimic our surroundings, to mimic the systems put in place by nature. We ally with the systems of nature to aid in the regeneration of the planet and promote fertility of it’s soil. These systems thrive on diversity, on combined efforts of life from microbe to mammal. The soil, gardens, and planet require that combined effort for survival. As we honor nature we honor ourselves. Aiding and adopting nature’s gifts, gives us the potential to nurture life.

When working in our gardens and in the soil, we align with microbes, insects, plants, fungi and animals. Each fulfilling essential roles in the soil food web and completing irreplaceable ecological and biological processes. All life requires needs to be met. Starting at the most fundamental building blocks of life we see amino acids, organic acids, enzymes, and nutrients. We identify or introduce these elements to provide an environment for life to proliferate. From these foundations, all life is formed. In order for all these citizens of nature to reproduce they need their appropriate food sources and compounds to build their cells. We nurture this community with a healthful nutrition and environment.

Readily available nutrients are chelated through multiple processes; All surrounding the presence of amino acids, enzymes and microbes. Enzymes give different species of bacterium a home to multiply. Different enzymes attract different microbes; These are enzyme specific microbes. Microbes will break down larger organic materials into smaller compounds. Enzymes also break down organic matter. Proteins will be broken into amino acids in the presence of proteolytic enzymes. Chitin will be broken down in the presence of chitinase. Enzymes act as biocatalysts, they break down food sources into compounds that are ready for absorption by plants and microbes, as well as allow them to bond with amino acids and become chelated nutrients to be used by plants. Not all enzymes function the same, specific enzymes possess specific properties. It is important to be aware of the compounds introduced to your soil and the enzymes required to make them available to your plants.

As mentioned earlier, different food sources are required for different biology. A common practice in gardens is the use of simple sugars as an energy source, like molasses. Gardens can and do have success with a molasses approach. Simple sugars are not an ideal food source for most living things. It will result in a short-lived and fast consumption of food, a quick multiplication of bacteria, and it won’t feed every different type of life in your soil. Overuse can result in bacterial blooms that disrupt the balance of the soil food web, can invite pathogens and infection! A better option is the introduction of polysaccharides. Maximizing diversity of polysaccharides will maximize the diversity of food sources for the maximum diversity of life to consume.

“Polysaccharides, also known as complex carbohydrates, are a complex chain of up to 10,000 monosaccharides. They make up most of the natural energy storages in nature. The five major polysaccharide groups come from plants, insects, algae, fungi and bacteria. Include as many inputs from these 5 categories as possible, be sure to use organic matter native to your environment. This sets the stage for regeneration, adaptation, growth and survival of life. Be careful of any toxic species used as their secretions can be deadly. Compost made from all the native plants in your area will be super rich in cellulose and starch as well as thermophilic microbes. Crustaceans, insects, and mushrooms contribute chitin, beta-glucan as well as a huge range of mesophilic bacteria. Bacteria complete the community. Bacteria are the host with the most, contributing the polysaccharides scleroglucan, dextran, gellan, and xanthan. An article published in Medicinal Genomics explains that many terpenes are only created by microbes. The presence of those microbes in the soil will bring more taste and smell to your crop. More microbes also mean more enzymes.

Past the biological realm and into the chemical realm amino acids are of huge importance. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Two or more amino acids will bind together using polypeptides. The 20 different amino acids form all the different proteins in nature. The presence of all these amino acids are essential for the quick formation of these cells, whether making up plants cells or other biology and life in our garden community amino acids are the foundation for growth. When growth turns to decay, proteins are broken down by microbes and enzymes. Completing the circle of life.

Quality food sources set the stage for a thriving community. A community of biology is interdependent on one another. All adopting individual roles to form a symbiotic relationship. Humans can learn a lot from soil. We all bring such a vast knowledge and unique contribution to our communities. The embracing of human diversity embraces our potential and maximizes growth. Nature has naturally selected systems of diversity for survival. Perhaps to be naturally selected by earth we need to do the same.

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