What Does Soil Food Web Mean?
In horticulture, the soil food web refers to the community of living micro-organisms and organisms that live out and complete their life cycle below ground level.
An extremely complex system, the soil food web also includes the interaction between animals and plants, as well as their surrounding environments. The interaction between these different organisms are crucial for optimal soil health.
Gardeners, especially organic gardeners, pay special attention to their soil food webs by ensuring it is teeming with beneficial microbes. Beneficial microbes, including the all-powerful mycorrhizal fungi, are essential to the soil food web, and the most successful growers make them a mainstay in their gardens. These components of a soil food web are great at protecting plants in stressful conditions, and helping them thrive in ideal ones.