The Chemganic Phase
Before having a look at our products, it would be interesting to know that they are not only a fully organic bio-stimulant and fertilizer, but that they also play another big role in soil health and food production.
It has now been scientifically shown that with incorrect tilling practices (ploughing where the soil profile is inverted), amongst other practices, as well as farming with or applying chemical fertilizers effectively “sterilizes” soil by depleting the Soil Organic matter (SOM) – the enzymes, good microbes, good fungi (eg. Mycorrhizae), good bacteria, earthworms, etc. We speak of a “dead” soil. The result is that production costs increase year-on-year, whilst yields and production itself decreases, not to mention the fact that soil sampling and soil analysis are a constant necessity. Environmentally friendly and sustainable organic farming on the other hand has shown to decrease overheads yet at the same time increase crop yield, plant and crop quality, pest and disease resilience, and plant and crop health. If you are prone to sterile soil conditions, the biggest challenge however is to get the soil to a healthy, living, and balanced state again, whilst at the same time having to still produce a commercial crop. Any continued use of chemical products and tilling and other non-beneficial farming practices will continue to deplete your soil of nutrients and SOM. There are known agronomical practices in order to get soil back to a living state again but they take time, sometimes years, and it is that period between changing over from a sterile chemical soil to a living organic soil, that we have termed the “chemganic” period, or “chemganic” phase. The 3 most commonly agreed upon practices that the top scientists promote are:- No tilling; use of cover crops; and crop rotation. These are necessary to get the organic and eventual humus levels back up. There is however a 4th practice which not only promotes organics at every and any stage, but also “bridges” that gap.
Vigoland products have shown to nourish and sustain plants and crops, whilst at the same time enriching a depleted soil by creating conditions in the rhizosphere (area around the roots), by attracting, feeding, and encouraging SOM. An economically viable plant and crop can thus be produced during the chemganic period or phase. Only once the soil is in balance again can fully environmentally friendly and sustainable organic practices be attained. Continued usage of Vigoland products thereafter will ensure continued sustainable organics and will also provide the additional nutrients required that are necessary for commercial yields. Plants and crops in such soils are less susceptible to fungal and insect attack, are able to endure stresses better, and produce a higher and healthier yield. This is because of the balanced and symbiotic relationship of SOM in the soil. The plants are more able to fully utilize the nutrients in the soil and nutrients are able to move around more freely in the soil. This is how forests, grasslands, and all other plant biodiversity types have thrived and sustained themselves (and all animal and insect life that are reliant on them) for millions of years. Holistic & Sustainable Vigoland organics is not just about soil and plant health, but about the far reaching health affects that it has on the environment as a whole, and ultimately on us Human Beings!