Ecobiotic Garden

What Is Ecobiotic

When you think about forests in the natural envitonment, they have elements that work together to help the whole community thrive. Forests are teeming with life, both large and minute, from the stoic wooden giants to the single celled microbes. Ecobiotic design mimics this natural wisdom of forests, borrowing from it a number of elements for small scale gardening success.

Ecobiotic is a combination of two words: ecology and (soil) probiotics. Ecobiotic principals state that beneficial soil microbes, or soil probiotics, are the most important factor that ensures survival and thriving of plants. Ecobiotic garden design protects and nurtures these little plant helpers, especially in hot and dry climates.

Soil microbes have many functions necessary for plant growth and development. They convert soil nutrients to a plant friendly form and supply them to plants. They help plants draw water from deeper and wider area underground. They fight pathogens. They produce plant hormones to regulate plant activities. Lastly, they loosen up the soil to keep it from compacting. If your plants fail to thrive, especially in hot weather, it is most likely due to an imbalance in soil flora.

How does an ecobiotic garden system ensure that beneficial soil microbes and therefore vegetable gardens thrive in hot and dry climates? There are several components to a successful ecobiotic garden. All of them are equally important in ensuring a successful garden. The first thing you find different from a regular garden is that there are no raised beds. Raised beds were invented for cool and wet climates to be able to drain away excess water and to warm the bed from three sides with sunlight. That is the opposite of what you need in a desert where you don’t have enough water, and you definitely don’t need to warm your bed more than it already is! Your objective is therefore to keep your soil and therefore garden as cool as possible. The best way to do that is with a sunken bed design. A sunken bed is a bed that’s below ground level. It draws in water and keeps the soil cooler than the rest of the ground.

The next component is a sturdy frame that can hold a shade cloth. A 50% grade shade cloth will do just fine to cut the intense summer sun to keep it from burning your plants and heating up the soil. The combination of a sunken bed and a shade cloth is what will help you cool the garden significantly. Our company uses a special kind of reflective shade cloth that is able to reflect sun rays to the point that it cools the inside of the garden up to 15F or 8C!

Lastly, the soil. Each person has their own special mix, and Ecobiotic Garden has our own organic mix that creates a healthy and happy community of fungi, bacteria, and plants. Our soil