Some weeks ago I finally got around to buying Peter Bennett’s Organic Gardening book. It has been around for 30 years and is now in its new & revised 7th edition. I can thoroughly recommend it to new (and old) organic gardeners.
In his book, Bennett talks about a bacterial inoculant called Eokomit. It is a culture of vigorous strains of thermophilic, anti-pathogenic and free-living, nitrogen fixing bacteria which can be used to accelerate the composting process and introduce more organisms into the soil.
After doing the soil biology part of my Permaculture Design Course, plus watching Geoff Lawton’s Soils DVD, I’m sold on the idea that healthy plants result from healthy soil full of microorganisms and I want to do all I can to improve the biology and water-holding capacity of my soil.
So, I was delighted, on my regular visit to a local Sunday Market, to find a woman selling organic growing products, including Eokomit. I bought a bag and will make it up this week to trial.
This week’s harvest:
- Butter Beans 175 gm
- Purple King beans 111 gm
- Principe Borghese tomatoes 217 gm
- Black Russian tomatoes 751 gm
- Roma tomatoes 68 gm
- Reisentraube tomatoes 42 gm
- Gold zucchini 344 gm
- Lebanese zucchini 609 gm
- Midnight Tinge zucchini 373 gm
- Pepino 386 gm
- Plums 240 gm
- Nectarines 102 gm
Plus lettuce, kale, sorrel, silver beet, purslane, wild rocket, alpine strawberries, rhubarb, blueberries (about half a cup—the first harvest from a plant in a pot) and a variety of herbs.
Some of the harvest—Purple King climbing beans and Black Russian tomatoes: