Beneficial organisms

Diagram showing connections between beneficial organisms in the soil such as nematodes and fungiInsects 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. 

Digging deeper

An online soil biology primer by Dr. Elaine Ingham.

The Food and Agriculture Organization has detailed info on soil microorganisms

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

The story of worms is more complicated than we knew

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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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