Beneficial organisms

Insects and microbes are not your enemy! Beneficial organisms have an important role to play in improving the health of the soil to ensure that plants gain access to the nutrients they need.

Getting started  - soil microbes and compost tea - how the mycelia in fungi benefits gardens - is a northeastern US site with tips for attracting birds, insects and toads as well as vermicomposting. 

Soil health

Microorganisms contribute to soil fertility by degrading organic matter and making the nutrients available to plants. 

Digging deeper

An online soil biology primer by Dr. Elaine Ingham.

The Food and Agriculture Organization has detailed info on mycorrhizae and rhizobia

Soil Beneficial Bacteria and Their Role In Plant Growth Promotion - an academic review

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Natural Insect Control is a Niagara-based company that ships to Toronto, has many online articles and will give advice over the phone. 
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