4. Decrease your water bill.
Microorganisms are living organisms that mine the soil searching for organic materials to break down and consume. Earth worms and other larger organisms aid in this mining and create pores or holes throughout the soil in the process. Pores aid in the permeability of the soil, allowing more water to infiltrate.
Good soil structure and organic matter (i.e. compost) keep the moisture within the plant root zone and prevent leaching. The increase in moisture control prevents the soil from drying out fast and can reduce your irrigation needs.
For increased moisture control and protection from the sun, mulch can be added. Be sure to use an all-natural mulch such as wood chips or straw as it will eventually breakdown into added organic matter for the soil.
5. EM-1® is a great after harvest wash.
Even if your garden is free of chemical inputs such as herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers it is still wise to wash your produce before you consume it. Birds, pets, or pest can easily come in contact with outdoor plants and can carry unknown diseases, some possibly food-borne such as Salmonella or E.Coli.
A solution of EM-1® and water makes for a great all-natural cleaner and has even been shown in lab studies to significantly decrease and even eliminate food-borne pathogens. Simply dilute EM-1® or Activated EM-1® in water at a rate of 1oz/gallon. This can either be done in a container or sink or put into a spray bottle. Then wash or soak produce as you normally would.