“Mother nature abhors bare soil.”Dr. Elaine Ingham
- Organic matter holds 10 times its weight in water.
- Bacterial secretions provide a glue to help hold soil together.
- 80% of inorganic fertilizers leach out of soil.
- Look at perennial deep rooted, short plants as cover crops that put more bio-mass in the ground via roots versus above ground bio-mass.
- Rainfall can compact bare soil. Keep bare soil surfaces covered. One option is a biological cover that feeds the microbial soil life.
SOIL not DIRT – Dr Elaine Ingham talks Soil Microbiology
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You can contact Dr. Ingham via: soilfoodweb [AT] aol [DOT] com
The Soil Biology Primer is an introduction to the living component of soil and how it contributes to agricultural productivity, and air and water quality. The Primer includes units describing the soil food web and its relationship to soil health, and units about bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and earthworm.
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