Soil Microbiology Advice at Urban Revolution with EarthWhile Australia
Free Soil Microbiology Advice - Pop Up Microscope Stall
EarthWhile Australia are providing a free viewing of your soil under a Microscope at their pop-up stall at Urban Revolution (284 Albany Highway, Victoria Park) on Saturday 10th October between 10am and 1pm. Gain some pearls of wisdom about its health status.
Come and meet Ellen and Georgina from Earthwhile Australia to get some free advice about the microbiology in your soil.
- Bring your soil sample to view its microbiology under a microscope
- Drop off soil samples for a detailed assessment (fees apply)
- Book your onsite consultation (fees apply)
Why Do We Need to Know About Soil Microbiology?
Many of us struggle with gardening in Perth's sandy soils. Having a knowledge of the microbiology in your soil directly relates to your ability to understand soil health and its ability to grow strong and healthy plants. Increasingly, more growers are turning to the soil food web to provide the nutrients, moisture retention, and resistance to disease that plants need, just as nature intended it to be.
Give the microbes in your soil the environment they need and they will do the rest.
What is the Soil Food Web?
Within the soil, there are millions of organisms interacting with each other. Some feed on the sugars plants produce, some feed on each other. Some store nutrients in their bodies. Others make nutrients available to plants. This web of interaction is known as the soil food web.
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Soil food webs are of growing interest to those wanting to garden organically. They thrive in biologically healthy soils and exist in poor soils. With the naked eye, we can’t see many of the organisms that are key to their effectiveness so the opportunity to explore soil under a microscope is a great way to learn more. The knowledge will be valuable as you garden organically, make compost and care for your environment.
How Do You Take a Soil Sample?
Approximately half a cup of soil is needed to take the sample from. Please make up your sample by taking ‘cores’ about 10cm deep from 3 spots within the zone you would like assessed. This should be placed in a lidded glass jar with plenty of air space left.
About EarthWhile Australia
EarthWhile Australia works with members of the community to raise awareness of how healthy soils, healthy food, and healthy people are all interrelated and how we as individuals can contribute to a better world. The team at EarthWhile Australia offer qualitative soil biology reports, tailored workshops and soil microscopy training.
Ellen Walker (BSW (Hons)) has studied the soil food web and soil microscopy with Dr Elaine Ingham and Dr Mary Cole (pioneers in this field) and completed a Permaculture Design Certificate at Fair Harvest. Ellen is keen to share this information and teach practices that will assist in developing and nurturing healthy, nutrient rich soil. Ellen works with home gardeners, orchardists, growers and farmers to develop knowledge of healthy soils to affordably grow high quality food in sustainable ways that assist in regenerating our environment.
Georgina Marsh (BEd) has worked with staff, parents and children to create improved sustainable practices within schools. Inspired by the interest and curiosity of children in exploring and making these improvements, Georgina continues to undertake learning in this realm. Exploring the benefits of gut health and the healing powers of food has led to a keen interest in soils as a foundational aspect of health. Georgina has studied the soil food web with Dr Elaine Ingham, microscopy with Dr Mary Cole and completed a Permaculture Design Certificate at Fair Harvest.
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