this is still theory so bear with me.
i grow organic perpetual. after harvest i'm faced with what to do with the stem/rootball.
no-till suggest leaving it and planting around it.
left long enough it would dissolve/rot on it's own, but with limited space i don't care to have 10 or 12 pots full of dirt sitting around waiting for the leftovers to leave.
usually i would let them go a couple weeks for the rootball to break down some and then pulll them out and plant in that hole. it seemed counter-intuitive.
so, after dabbing at the problem i believe i've a solution.
mainly i think leaving the rootball is about keeping the microlife doing their thing. that was what prompted me to leave them before....but, what if?
what if, after pulling out stem and rootball, you submerge them in water and attempt to harvest the microbes in like a tea or fpe, and then use that to innoculate your seedlings/transplants.