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environment. A large amount of carbon dioxide can be released through tilling the soil. This contributes to global warming. When you cultivating and compacting the soil, d estroys good fungi. Fertilizers like nitrogen and manure often leach out of the soil and pollute the water you drink. Global warming Did you know that the earth's soil gives out carbon dioxide in the atmosphere 10 times more than all human activity? This comes from the pill bugs, microbes, f ungi and worms when they breathe, digest food and then die. Although in the past plants have been capable of absorbing carbon dioxide caused by small-scale till ages, this isn't the case nowadays. The increase of the globe's average temperature is because of the carbon dioxide the soil emits when tilled. The good news is that tilling can be minimized by m ulching or sheet composting. Good Fungi In untilled soil, there is beneficial fungi known as the vesicular-arbuscular-my corrhizae or VAM for short. VAM actually forms a symbiotic relationship with pla nts. Their filaments increase root hairs and provide nutrients to the plant. T hey give out zinc, copper, potassium and phosphorus. Plants provide carbohydrat es for the fungi in return. It is possible to grow a garden without tilling the sooiil at all by mulching heavily until the soil is soft and friable. Surplus Nitrogen Many gardeners waste nitrogen and manures; farmers do otherwise. Farmers only ne ed a quarter to a third of nitrogen to mix with an inch of compost, horse, or co w manure. Kate Burroughs of Sebastopol California, uses the same rule for her h ome-grown lettuce and sweet corns. When it comes to broccoli and pear trees, far mers only need a small amount. Notice that gardeners apply larger amounts of co mpost and manure than farmers. Obviously, they are not only wasting their fertil izer but also their money. The best gardening advice that can be given to those concerned is to do all thin gs with moderation. Keep in mind that too little and too much of something is no t healthy. This is the most valuable advice one can have in gardening. Brought to you by Mark Weaver http://DEtoxwithDE.com