Videos Managing Crop Nutrition (vs. Pest Management) by David The Good February 17, 2021February 17, 2021 written by David The Good February 17, 2021February 17, 2021 Via Steve Solomon: I am watching now. Share this post!FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestRelated posts:Crash Gardening, Episode 2: Easy Florida Fruit TreesHarvesting Cinnamon and Processing it at HomeThe Call of the LandLivestreaming on YouTubeBook Review - Free Plants for Everyone! 2 comments PinterestWhatsappEmail David The Good previous post It is snowing outside! next post The Quest for Terra Preta Related Articles Nice Shout-Out for my Books on YouTube February 25, 2017 A Giant Mango Tree January 17, 2018 Why You Should Keep Mango Trees Small and... May 22, 2019 Another Fridge Garden, Planting Ginger and Pineapple Tops,... June 13, 2018 One of my videos is going viral April 30, 2018 My awesome new experiment March 26, 2018 Grapes again September 6, 2021 Growing Bananas August 5, 2016 More on Turning Weeds into Soil February 23, 2017 Steven’s Seedling Apple Tree Update October 5, 2016 2 comments Tilhana July 3, 2021 - 1:49 pm This was fascinating! I’ve always heard that healthy plants are more resistant to pests, but I assumed it was a matter of being able to survive despite the inevitable infestations, and that there was no substitute for removing bugs by hand once they show up. These insights totally change my perspective – I’d never considered that I could treat an insect attack by foliar feeding the plants or adding minerals to the soil. More than that, it makes me more cynical about finding insect damage on the organic produce I buy. People always say “well, that’s what you get when you buy organic,” or, “well if the bugs are eating it it must be good.” I’ve even heard that In Japan, people will actually pay extra for slightly insect-damaged produce, because it’s an indicator that the food is untainted by chemicals. This research suggests we have it backwards. As John Kempf says, plants that are being attacked by insects are “not fit for humans to eat.” Just one more signal that I need to put more effort into improving my soil. Thanks for posting this! Reply David The Good July 10, 2021 - 9:27 am In my experience I get some pest damage no matter what, so I wouldn’t take it as definitive yet. But it’s a good goal to shoot for. One day I may get the nutrition just right and drive the pests away. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.