Preparing soil samples for microscope analysis is easy. The actual analysis has a steep learning curve. It takes a bit of practice. Preparing soil samples is different than preparing compost tea and compost extract samples. In preparing soil samples we are going to be measuring the amounts of micro-0rganisms contained in the soil. That means [...]
Testing your won soil with a microscope is fun, but there is a large learning curve. It is simple to make the samples, but identifying the animals on the slides takes a lot of practice. Here is a list of items you need for basic microscope soil analysis. These items can be used for analyzing compost, [...]
Diatomaceous earth also known as diatomite or kieselgur, is a naturally occurring, soft, silice ous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It has a particle size ranging from less than 1 micron to more than 1 millimeter, but typically 10 to 200 microns. This powder has an abrasive [...]
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This is a no cost method to create soil from really neglected soil or soil that had been buried for years and is used a plant beds. Advantages: Free, no money, totally organic (remember chemicals and fertilizers cost money), This makes the best tasking veggies and has the longest lasting impact on soil. Disadvantages: Takes [...]
Gigaspora margarita probably has a worldwide distribution. The holotype of this fungus has been selected from spores recovered from under Glycine max (L.) Merr. growing in a pot culture containing a root x rhizosphere soil mixture of Gly. max cultivated at the Agronomy South Farm of University of Illinois, USA The EELS detected the presence [...]
Glomus etunicatum is apparently quite common for tomatos. The fungus has been found in Illinois, Missouri, Florida, and in the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts in North America. G. etunicatum is widespread in the Eastern United States. It has also been found in the Namib Desert in Africa, which suggests that the fungus is indeed widespread. [...]
Bacillus stearothermophilus is a thermophile and is widely distributed in soil, hot springs, ocean sediment, and is a cause of spoilage in food products. It will grow within a temperature range of 30-75 degrees Celsius. It appears in compost piles at the hot part of the cycle.
Bacillus polymyxa takes released (NH4) from Protozoan and Nematodes. It digests it and produces NO2. Bacillus polymyxa is important in established older gardens where there is a higher count of Protozoan and Nematodes. It fixes nitrogen from NH4 as part of the predator/prey nitrogen cycle. Download paper (.pdf) Click here to learn more?
The best and cheapest pump for this application is a diaphragm pump. This is a positive displacement pump with a chamber that does not grind up the micro-organisms. A positive displacement pump causes a fluid to move by trapping a fixed amount of it then forcing (displacing) that trapped volume into the discharge pipe. Here [...]
When first establishing an orchard for the first time, fruit trees are generally require very fungal dominated soil. This is expressed as soil F:B (Fungi to Bacteria. General rule of thumb, keep the F:B ration to 100:1) ratio for the plant and the existing soil. The type of foods added to the Extract depends if [...]
When first establishing turf for the first time, you need to know the requirements of the plant you are using. It is always best to put down compost before starting a lawn. This gives the lawn a chance to take hold. For Information on making Compost for the beginner – Videos, Click here You also [...]
Calculations for Amount of Released Fixed For Information on bacterial and mycorrhiza inoculants, click here. For More Information on Nitrogen Cycles, click here.
Currently, Permiculterists have always claimed that they recovered land or improved soil by adding amendments to soil. They have added everything from rich compost to wood chips to any organic material that makes things grow. All or most is waste products from arborists, kitchens and landscaping companies and etc…. After 6 months, the land produces [...]
Here is an example of a neighbor who wants to install a hidden water catchment system in their front yard. The catchment system will be installed in the front yard just left of the front window. All of the roof rain water will be saved in the soil in the front yard. The front yard [...]
Hydroponics and Aquaponics almost use the same equipment, but the two methods of growing food or plants are different in the chemistry and root media. Hydroponics and Aquaponics use some sort of medium to hold the plant roots without soil. For hydroponics, chemical nutrients (generally petroleum based) are dissolved in water and then are pumped [...]