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What is Probiotic Gardening?

What is Probiotic Gardening?

Just as humans benefit from probiotics to help maintain a healthy balance in the body, so do plants. Probiotics are an essential part of our lives and provide us with the beneficial bacteria we need for optimal health.

In gardening and agriculture, probiotics provide similar benefits to plants and soil.

When used regularly, the beneficial bacteria in probiotics can help balance the bacteria in your soil and provide the nutrients needed to help your plants thrive. This is what we call Probiotic Gardening.

If you haven’t heard of this gardening method before, don’t worry! We’re here to help. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly probiotic gardening is and how our EM-1 Microbial Inoculant can help you become a more successful gardener.

Let’s dive in:

Probiotic gardening is the process of providing your soil with the nutrients needed to encourage the highest quality minerals, nutrients, microbes and good bacteria. By adding an array of good bacteria, microbes, and nutrients to your soil, you can provide optimal growing conditions in your garden resulting in stronger plants that are more resistant to pests and diseases naturally.

Plant friendly EM-1® probiotics rebalance the bacteria currently present in your soil and improve the bacterial ecosystem for your plants. This helps create strong, resilient plants that grow fast and have a higher yield.



Benefits of Probiotic Gardening

Improve seed germination

Seed germination is a necessary process that happens when seedlings begin to sprout and develop in the soil. Studies have shown that probiotic gardening can help enhance the seed germination process for certain types of plants.

Speed up nutrient cycling

By adding a probiotic to your garden, you’ll be speeding up the composting process, so your plants can get the nutrients they need from their soil quicker.

Help restore natural resistance to disease and pests

Providing your plants with beneficial bacteria can help them combat unwanted diseases, toxins, and pests. Since the bacteria and microbes all have a different “job” in the garden, your plants will also have an increased immunity against insects, mold, and pathogens.

Increase nitrogen intake

Nitrogen is one of the most fundamental building blocks for healthy soil. It’s essential to the growing process and helps your plants grow. However, if there's too little or too much nitrogen, it could negatively impact your plants. Bacteria and microbes can help improve nitrogen intake for your plants so that they grow at the right speed and have all the nutrients they need.

Improve plant quality

When you provide your plants with healthy soil, you'll notice a visual improvement in size, color, and shelf life. Gardening probiotics do this by improving water absorption, increasing root size, and enhancing the uptake of sugars: all things a plant needs to grow.

Safer for the environment

By switching to probiotic gardening, you’ll no longer need to use unwanted chemicals or toxins in your garden. Most harmful pesticides or fertilizers on the market kill off the beneficial microbes your plants need to grow strong and healthy, which can be counter productive. Some products, such as our EM-1 Microbial Inoculant, are even OMRI listed. This means it's certified for organic production under the USDA National Organic Program.

Keep in mind: these are just a few of the benefits gardening probiotics provide. Once you make the switch, you’re sure to notice that your plants are growing quicker and healthier!



What is Effective Microorganisms®?

Effective Microorganisms® are a family of microbial-based products that use technology developed by Japanese scientist Dr. Teruo Higa. EMRO, the company and technology behind Effective Microorganisms®, has been the leader in plant-friendly probiotics and fermentation since the 1960s.


How does EM® work?

Once added to your soil, they will help increase the growth of the other beneficial bacteria already found in your soil, including mycorrhizae, earthworms, and insects. As the beneficial bacteria work to diversify your soil’s natural ecosystem, it will also help speed up the decomposition of organic matter and nutrient cycling. Which helps release nutrients to your plants and improve the soil structure.

Why you should consider EM-1 Microbial Inoculant

EM-1 Microbial Inoculant is an organic, easy-to-use liquid probiotic designed for your plants and soil. It contains a combination of yeasts, actinomycetes, and two different types of benefical bacteria. Together, they work to provide your plants with all of the nutrients they need to grow. The best part is: It is 100% organic and safe for humans, animals, and the environment.

To use our EM-1 Microbial Inoculant, you just add six oz. to a gallon of water. We recommend applying this mixture to your indoor or outdoor gardens weekly. Over time, EM-1 Microbial Inoculant will improve your soil health and give your plants the nutrients needed to stay resilient!

When you switch to probiotic gardening, you’re taking the first step towards building healthy soil naturally. Your plants will begin to flourish in ways you didn’t think were possible and will enhance the overall plant health, which is good for humans, too!

If you’re ready to make the switch and start utilizing gardening probiotics, we highly recommend trying our EM-1 Microbial Inoculant. This easy-to-use solution will provide your garden with the beneficial bacteria your plants need to be happy and healthy from spring to fall.



In short, probiotic gardening is all about nurturing your soil to encourage the highest quality minerals, nutrients, microbes, and bacteria.

Healthy soil helps create strong, robust plants that grow fast with a high yield. Healthy, strong plants are better able to resist pests and diseases naturally.

A probiotic garden has several layers of healthy microbes, minerals, and nutrients, and they all work together to keep the soil in optimal condition.



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