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:How to Make Chewing TobaccoThe Lord Humungus Interviews Me on Basically EverythingGrowing BananasTiny Life Doing Huge WorkA Food Forest Apartment Complex 2 comments PinterestWhatsappEmail David The Good previous post It is snowing outside! next post The Quest for Terra Preta Related Articles Video Interview with Jason and Jennifer Helvenston –... November 13, 2012 A Quick Tour Through the Gardens December 2, 2020 Some Viewing for the Weekend: Survival Gardening 101 April 6, 2018 The Lousy Rotten No Good Awful Bad Soil... October 20, 2020 More About Swamp Water July 8, 2022 Hand Operated Coconut Sheller November 16, 2018 A Homemade Broadfork! March 28, 2018 Increase Fruit and Vegetable Yields with this One... July 21, 2017 Improving Poor Soil with the Deer Plot Method December 2, 2021 Rock January 17, 2019 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.