5. Enrich the soil with microbes to get lots more tomatoes.
Research with EM-1® Microbial Inoculant in various countries have shown that the beneficial bacteria can increase the sweetness, growth, and strength of tomato plants and help fight off common problems. Using organic fertilizer instead of synthetics can also ensure you have successful organically grown tomato plants without added chemicals that can affect soil health.
Microbes increase Soil Health
One of the major outcomes when using EM-1® and EM® Bokashi on your organic tomato plants is the immediate increase in soil health. Applying EM-1® will increase the populations of yeast, photosynthetic bacteria, and lactic acid bacteria.
With the combination of nutrient-rich organic matter, the beneficial microorganisms speed up decomposition of the organic material and ensure your plants have plant available nutrients without the need for synthetic fertilizers.
While the yeast, photosynthetic bacteria, and lactic acid bacteria are consuming the organic matter they produce natural antibiotic compounds that decrease the populations of tomato pests. Soil full of beneficial microbes becomes self purifying and decreases the need for chemical pesticides and fungicides.
EM Bokashi is an option that provides your soil with an organic fertilizer. EM Bokashi® is fermented rice bran with EM-1 and provides antioxidants and minerals to your tomato plant. The Malibu Compost adds quality organic matter and increase soil structure and soil moisture.
Microbes increase fruit production and quality
A study on four varieties of tomatoes in Italy sought out to improve the yield and quality without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. By using EM-1®, results showed an increase in tomato yield as well as enhanced antioxidant activity. Polyphenol and carotenoid (cancer reducing compound) was also increased. Overall the study saw a 20% increase in fruit production, a 70% increase in lipophilic (antioxidant), 40% in methanolic (antioxidant), as well as an increase in sweetness (Brix).
Microbes decrease use of chemicals
Chemicals not only harm the living organisms in the soil, but also human and environmental health. When synthetic fertilizers are added, plants no longer need the symbiotic relationship they have with microorganisms. Increasing soil health results in little need for added inputs including pesticides, fungicides, or chemical fertilizers.