You know those spot the difference games that you find in those books designed to keep children occupied on long trips? Well I though I would put my own one together. Knowing you are all highly intelligent adults I have taken it up a notch over those kiddy ones. So can you spot the difference between the following pictures?
These are two seemingly identical garden beds. Both are the same size and shape and are only meters apart. They get very similar sun and water, and the same varieties of seedlings where planted, and around the same time. In fact the bed that's not doing so well has even been replanted a few times now. The poor little plants in this bed just keep getting eaten by pests. While the other remains mostly untouched. So the big question is... What is the difference between these two beds that causes this?
Well I can't know for sure, but I can tell you one major difference... Soil quality. When planting the seedlings it was obvious there was a soil difference. One was dark soft and spongy, while the other was hard and gritty. The soil in this bed thankfully is improving as the layers of organic matter on top are starting to weave their magic.
But still why have the bugs devastated the plants with poorer soil quality? I put it down to the same reason why people with poor diets contract more illnesses. Plants in poorer soil are weaker and less healthy. While mother nature is truly wonderful, she is not very compassionate for the weak. Compassion is a human quality. In the wild the weak get eaten.
The moral of this story... look after your soil, and your diet.
And by the way, did anyone spot Wally?