We are an Australian owned company based in Toowoomba, Qld, and manufacture a range of microbial rock mineral based soil conditioners and fertilisers for gardening, horticulture and agriculture.
With modern agricultural, horticultural and gardening techniques relying heavily on synthetic additives to grow plants it was revealed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro that Australian soils were over 55% depleted of natural minerals compared with 100 years earlier. With plants potentially utilising over 60 different elements to metabolise properly Earthlife realised that the reason agriculture, horticulture and the home gardener had to rely on synthetic nutrients and chemicals to grow their plants was because these essential minerals were missing.
What was also being lost but not reported, along with the topsoil, was the soil biology – the bacteria and fungi that work with the plants to make those natural minerals available. Earthlife realised that without soil life the minerals were not readily available for the plants and, through scientific research of natural forest ecosystems, were able to identify both the minerals and biology that plants require.
The research also showed that the most abundant natural plant food was humates, or organic plant matter, with animal waste input being minimal and for some plants even negligible.
To address this, in 1996, with the help of a CSIRO scientist and a leading soil microbiologist, Earthlife was able to successfully blend these natural minerals, organic humates and soil biology in to a small range of simple, easy-to-use products for broad-acre, horticulture and home gardeners alike.