Have you ever wondered what’s in your soil? How many organisms really reside in that precious topsoil that we so take for granted when we garden? This is the time of year I spend a lot of time thinking about this. I have just been outside picking greens for our evening salad and repotting tomatoes ready to go in the soil next week. And if you are wondering, for those in Seattle yes I do have tomato plants available for purchase again – this year guaranteed organic and herbicide free.
Yesterday I checked out the Home Grown Edible Landscape website and this article entitled What’s in a Teaspoon of Soil caught my attention. The results might astound you. In a teaspoon of soil there is:
- 1 million to 1oo million bacteria
- 150 – 500 micrograms of fungal hyphae
- 10,000 to 100,000 protozoa
- 15 – 500 beneficial nematodes
- a few to several hundred thousand microarthropods
God’s first love is the soil. This is how it has to be, because without healthy soil and the fertility and food it makes possible, there would be no terrestrial life of any kind. God’s love for us – described definitely in John 3:16 as God’s giving of his son to us – only makes sense in terms of God’ love for the earth that sustains us.