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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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