Soil is made up of minerals and nutrients and is a complex, living, breathing super-organism that contains billions of micro-organisms that interact with each other.
The soil food web is an interconnected diagram showing the feeding relationships and other interactions between all the organisms that live in the soil. It shows us who’s eating who in the soil.
In a healthy soil food web, all essential and trace nutrients for plants to thrive are present and we have the diversity of organisms in the soil that make these nutrients available to plants.
The micro and macro-organisms in the soil also help conserve moisture, give soil it’s crumbly structure, provide aeration and prevent erosion. It’s obvious, therefore, that minimal soil disturbance is important.