“Mother Nature is sending you a message when there are diseases and pests in plants. You will reap the benefits when you fix the problem” – Elaine Ingham
I am busy reading Masanobu Fukuoka’s book titled “The One-Straw Revolution”. I was captured by his view of nature and sustainability. He emphasizes that for farming to work sustainably for us, we need to limit human intervention to as little as possible. Basically, we need to leave nature to work. He describes this as “do nothing farming”. I couldn’t help but think of all the chemicals we apply to the soil. They are supposedly meant to solve the problems we identify in the soil; however, Dr. Elaine Ingham says that the presence of these problems is the soils cry for help. In fact, she goes on to say that the application of pesticides is no different to consistently drinking a painkiller in order to get rid of a recurring headache.
The problem is that we are dealing with the symptoms and not the actual cause.
You might be suffering from migraines due to a tumour. When left untreated, and rather managed by painkillers; these painkillers will eventually stop working as the tumour keeps growing, because the root cause was never dealt with. The same applies to the soil. When we have pest problems (for example insects and weeds), Mother Nature is trying to tell us that something is terribly wrong here. You need to fix the problem.
If all you do is mask the symptoms, you will end up paying more and more money on chemicals as the actual problem worsens. Masking your soil problems and not listening to the signals that Mother Nature sends (Listen to your weeds) will only cause the health of your soil to deteriorate, even getting to a point where it may become unproductive and unresponsive to chemical treatment.
This is why each field needs its own management strategy based on a prognosis through soil analysis in a laboratory.