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Creative Composting

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Making compost can be easy. The following charts gives examples of ingredients that can be used, their C:N (Carbon:Nitrogen) Ratio, and how to determine the final ratio.  Ideally the compost will have close to a 30:1 Ratio which is the ratio of humus.

 

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Composts can be created to benefit different groups of plants. The following charts shows the F:B (Fungi:Bacteria) Ratio preferred by plants. The ingredients of a compost will increase fungi and/or bacteria. For example a compost with higher carbon material content will produce more fungal hyphae, while nitrogen material will produce more bacterial growth.

 

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Soil and Fertility Talk in Errington

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Feb 18, 2016

What a wonderful turnout for the Soil and Fertility talk at the beautiful War Memorial Hall in downtown Errington!

The hall was packed with like minded gardeners/growers with great ideas, lots of questions and an impatience to get started.

I gave a talk on ‘Microbes of the Soil’ (cause that is my favorite topic) and dropped a few ideas that may have wrinkled a few brows, but that is what an exchange of information and evolution is all about. Some of the beliefs that we all have about gardening are being challenged by scientists that are being forced to come up with answers given the global stressors.

I loved all the questions and enthusiasm relating to microbes. A few short years ago words like nematode, mycorrhizae, basidiomycetes were unheard of, while chatting around the seed rack at the local garden center.

Now people are embracing the ideas, methods and processes that will change how food is produced, landscapes are managed and products are developed.  We are no longer an uniformed group that spend great amounts of money on products and equipment to accomplish tasks that are best carried out by our microbes.

This is a great time to be a gardener!12715333_956730331058921_8797465445578188288_n

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Creative compost workshops

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On the eve of our gardening season, it is time to plan some workshops!

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1 pm

The first in the series will be “Introduction to the Organisms and What They Do”.  This will be a short and sweet info session with some microscope images of microbes from my garden.  We will also go over the process of collecting adequate soil samples.

Participants can bring samples of soil/compost to see what is inhabiting their gardens.

This will be a rain or shine event as we have an enclosed area to gather.

There is limited space so early sign up is advised.

 

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Compost first

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If you really want to be a gardener, you REALLY want to be a composter!

Composting happens always, everywhere in the world, without human intervention nor invention. Notice the old growth forest floor? Soft, dense mat of leave, needle and animal matter, starting with recognizable bits on top and progressively more unrecognizable bits until rich loam is found beneath.  This is a compost pile at it’s finest! Old growth forest

We are fortunate that nature does this for us for the most part. We can put a bunch of ingredients in a pile, water it and wait. Or we can be more proactive.

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Microbes

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MICROBES are the natural topic for our first blog as our business revolves around them.

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The microbes I refer to are the invisible creatures that go about their daily business beneath our feet, on every surface of every plant and in the soil that we strive so hard to make perfect. These microbes are nematodes, bacteria, protozoa and fungi. There are many different species of each, some being beneficial and some not so. They are the most plentiful creatures on the planet and we cannot survive without them. In one teaspoon of good soil there are approximately one billion bacteria, many yards of fungi hyphae, dozens of nematodes and thousands of protozoa!

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