"Corno letame" and green manure
Yet another method is the use of the so-called “500” or “corno letame” together with the addition of green manure. To do this, the seeds are sown just below the surface and the “500” is scattered on top to trigger the microbic activity of the earth; in spring, the plants are scythed and dug back into the soil until aerobic fermentation occurs to produce humus, the only nutritional element for the plants; the “500” is re-used to activate and stimulate this function of the soil through the action of millions of micro-organisms already present. This serves to “remind” the soil of one of its functions which is today hindered by pollution and by the constant use of tractors which compact the soil, making it lifeless.
It will allow the roots of the plants to draw the healthy, rich and balanced nutrition they need from the soil.
A plant that grows in a humus-rich soil feeds itself with the minerals provided by the micro-organisms present. Furthermore, humus absorbs and withholds water, releasing it in dryer periods whilst in rainy seasons, it withholds water without allowing the soil to lose its consistency thanks to the increased “elasticity” of the soil structure. The water-absorbing capacity of humified soil is considerably higher than soil with a low humus content.
By regenerating the soil and creating organized, balanced conditions for life, plants will flourish harmoniously.