Growers need and use a lot of tools.   It is a truism that the only thing more expensive than having the right tools is not having them.  At Earthwise, we want to be part of the solution – providing learning tools, inputs and resources that are handy and available in real time.  In this section of our site you will find information about soils, water, plants, nutrients, and equipment that can directly impact the farm’s bottom line.  You will also find information about the relationship between all of the above to healthy plants and to pest problems, including insects, diseases, and weeds.  We will be publishing our take on a lot of the science and art behind growing crops as well as links to other articles, papers, and sites that we have found enlightening.  Some of what we publish here will be solicited from other companies, consultants, farmers, and friends that we have grown to respect in the industry.  Resourced articles will be signed by the authors or some other form of attribution or citation will be noted.  We welcome feedback from interested parties.  Learning never stops.  Whenever we think we are sure about something in agriculture, we probably better think again!

As with most of this web site, we will be adding new content periodically, so check back in to see the latest.

The Soil Triangle

The soil triangle helps to illustrate the physical characteristics of the soil composition and structure and how they interact with plant roots – affecting plant growth, quality, and resiliency.


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The Mineral Wheel

Among other things, the mineral wheel illustrates the mind-boggling complexity of interactions of soil minerals. Thank goodness balanced, diverse, and beneficial soil biology simplifies the process for us!


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'The Law of Minimums' .. or.. 'A chain is only as strong as its weakest link'

The supply of mineral nutrition to plants is a crucial and highly dynamic process – nutrient shortages can and do impact plant growth, health, and fruiting at critical times in the growing season.


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The Soil Foodweb

Micro, macro, intermediate – every type of organism you can think of and a whole lot more.  That’s just the living part of the Soil Foodweb, also known as the plant’s digestive system.


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Philosophical Meanderings on Farming, Life, Animals, Ethics, and more

The job of taking care of plants and animals is always a huge responsibility, and often a joy.    It can be physically and mentally demanding – the knowledge and wisdom needed to be successful cuts across the sciences, engineering, business, logic, and even psychology.  And although you might not think that would leave much time for philosophy, that’s what this section of our website is all about – the philosophy of the philosophic meanderings of those that spend time close to the land.

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