What is a soil food web and why is it important? Meet the creatures that help your garden grow.
By Heather Jo Flores What Weeds Indicate About the Condition of Your Soil “Weeds are weeds only from our human egotistical point of view, because they grow where we do not want them. In nature, however, they play an important and interesting role. They resist conditions that cultivated plants cannot resist, such as drought, acid soil, lack of humus, mineral deficiencies, as well as a one-sidedness of minerals, etc. They are witness of man’s failure to master the soil, and they grow abundantly wherever man has ‘missed the train’ — they only indicate our errors and nature’s corrections. Weeds want to tell a…
By Heather Jo Flores It’s always a good day for mulching your garden! Mulch builds humus. The word “human” comes from the same roots as humus, meaning earth, and in fact our bodies do contain many of the same elements and microorganisms as fertile organic soil. Soil health is linked to our own health, and soil communities bear remarkable resemblance to the flora and fauna in our own guts. A diverse, thriving intestinal community keeps us humans healthy, and the same goes for the soil ecosystem. The Benefits of Mulch A layer of mulch, whether up around perennials and fruit trees or…
A timely film about how we share food, care for our land and value the lives of everyone around us.
Mulch builds humus. The word human comes from the same roots as humus, meaning earth, and in fact our bodies do contain many of the same elements and microorganisms as fertile organic soil. Soil health is linked to our own health, and soil communities bear remarkable resemblance to the flora and fauna in our own guts.
https://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Lowenfels.mp3Click here to download the episode. | Open Player in New Window https://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/Lowenfels.mp3Click here to download the episode. | Open Player in New WindowMy guest is Jeff Lowenfels, co-author, along with Wayne Lewis, of Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, which recently released a revised edition.
rying another experiment in the garden this year with the Ruth Stout Gardening method. This will be our 3rd gardening method implemented on farm. Most of ou...
One of my constant refrains is “Permaculture is a decision making tool for arriving at regenerative solutions.” Here I’m going to show how permaculture can help create strategies for deciding what cover crops to use. In permaculture, we’re always looking for potent leverage points, and soil-building is a big one. If we create fertile, water-absorbing, […]
Rehabilitate soil with aerated compost tea. Containing thousands of useful microorganisms, this method is sure to bring life to barren patches of dirt.
How can the world sequester carbon quickly and progress towards stabilising our global climate? Author of The Carbon Farming Solution and permaculture expert, Eric Toensmeier, will be at a special event in London answering questions about this most important work of our time.