Many of you may have a small garden at home or cultivate plants on the terrace or on the balcony. The question arises which soil you would like to use. Many simply go to the hardware store and buy a sack of flower or garden soil. But no one has ever wondered: "What do I actually buy and how is this "soil" made at all?" That is exactly what we have done and looked at it more precisely and started to wonder what is actually in this so-called soil
Immediately, you can see on the back label of the sack, that mainly decomposed peat moss is used in all variations. You can easily find Peat moos amounts of 80% and more. Peat moss only vegetates under very specific environmental conditions in moor landscapes, which are very complex and unique habitats that have been created over a period of thousands of years. To harvest the peat, sprawling marshes are laid dry and this sensitive ecosystem is permanently destroyed. Now huge excavators dig out the dry peat and leave behind a barren, desolated moonscape which slowly fills up with water again. A unique habitat is thereby destroyed forever.
What do they do with the peat? It gets processed, at best it gets mixed with little amounts of compost from conventional agriculture and then they enhance the almost non-nourishing peat with all kinds of artificial and organic fertilizers to make it fertile. Worldwide, the raw materials of these fertilizers are mined in huge mines and opencast mines on a scale of hundreds of tons, leaving behind devastated moonscapes. The problem, which is caused by this: A few of these raw materials have almost been used up! Phosphorus, for example, will only last for about 50 years, but is essential for the flowering of the plants and the formation of the fruit. Other organic fertilizers are often animal powders or granules from slaughter waste or faeces of factory farming which are interspersed with antibiotics and hormones.
In summary, the content of this sack of potting soil from the garden centre is a mixture of nutrient-poor fibre and unnecessary chemistry. The urban gardener now might think that he has bought the good soil from the nursery and well-known manufacturers quickly get the impression of a sustainable, biologically harmless product with the use of terms like "bio…" and "natural" in their product names. But, far from it! The use of these terms in the product name is unfortunately not subject to any legal restrictions. All this is pure marketing! The soil inside the sack is hardly different from the normal potting soil, only the fertilizer content has been significantly increased to supply nutrients to even the heavily consuming plants.
But there is an alternative, the Hortisol. Hortisols are sustainable cultivated soils over decades. Examples of this are old monastic gardens, old peasant gardens, but also the Terra Preta fields of the Indios in South America and the recently discovered Nordic Dark Earth of slavic settlements at the river Elbe in Germany. They created very fertile, nutrient-rich soils, which completely outshines other soils. These soils were created by the targeted use of compost, manure, charcoal and clay residues. We asked ourselves, "Can we use this centuries old knowledge to make a better soil?" The result is Kañamu Pacha, a hundred percent peat free, sustainable, fertile, biological and living Hortisol.
Kañamu Pacha is mostly made from recycled, regional raw materials and many of them already match the EU-organic-certification. As a basic material, we use composted plant material from organic farming, bio charcoal and recycled brick split. The main part of the nutrients comes from the Terra Preta compost. To increase the nitrogen content, we only add a little bit of horn shavings from organic agriculture to the soil. The result is a black, nutrient-rich soil containing all the important microorganisms and fungi to ensure a sustained supply of the plants with all important nutrients. The excellent storage capacity of the substrate results in a nutrient buffer from which the plant can operate constantly, while microorganisms replenish the buffer.
The advantages for the user are clearly obvious, no elaborate re-fertilization with complicated fertilizer schedules, no problems with over- or under-fertilization and reduced water consumption with optimal nutrient supply of the plant. In addition, Kañamu Pacha is nearly free of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, hormones and heavy metals. Kañamu Pacha is a sustainable "ready to grow" system that provides the plant during the complete vegetation and flowering phase with all the essential nutrients and trace elements. You just have to add water.
Kañamu Pacha combines quality and quantity and gives beginners up to professionals the ability to grow medical herbs and crops with a new and innovative method and gains a high-quality product, which is rich in all kinds beneficial ingredients.
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