April 28, 2015

Currently experimenting with a 640 gallon homemade Vortex compost tea brewer!  So far I'm finding a full microbe transfer within the brewer and great sustained aeration in the overall brew. 

 

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January 6, 2015

 

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October 24, 2014

"If we want clean water, we have to get the biology back in our soils.  If we want to grow and harvest crops, we have to build soil and fertility with time, not destroy it.  The only way to reach these endpoints is to improve the life in the soil." 

 

Words...

September 16, 2014

 

Here's to the organizing power of Nature!  They say that the bacteria serve as "the bricks" and fungi serves as "the mortar" when it comes to aggregating organic matter aka SOIL.  

 

Check out these shots of the same fungal hyphae at different magnifications!

Fu...

September 11, 2014

 

"What microscope do you recommend?"  

 

Start with Craiglist and if no luck...

 

Call your local health clinic and see if they have any they are looking to part with...

 

OR:

 

Check out this link:

 

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September 10, 2014

 

(L to R, Dylan Potter and Mark Stimson.)

 

That does all the work for you! You fill it and it does the rest.  That is, until you're ready to use the beautiful compost that it will make for you!! That's right, this will turn and water itself without you even needi...

September 3, 2014

 

 

 

The Living Soil Compost Lab is proud to introduce the newest member of our Compost family.  Measuring about 7 feet wide and 4' tall this pile was built entirely with free materials! In fact, much of our "brown material" was the garbage that we amassed over the summe...

August 19, 2014

This particular photo is a significant amount of what we call "beneficial fungi" in one field of view at 200x total magnification.  (photo by Z. Wright)

 

Want to find out how to identifiy what organisms are and are not "beneficial" within your soil?  Want to learn...

August 16, 2014

The image is most likely an aggregate of humus bound together by what we call a "beneficial fungal strand".  To the bottom left of the fungi is a Testate Amoeba, which is another "beneficial" organism of the protista kingdom.  Both indicate aerobic conditions which mos...

July 24, 2014

What is a Stellate Amoeba??

 

A stellate amoeba is the star shaped protozoan.

 

What are Protozoa good for?

 

They are the nutrient cyclers in the soil food web along with flagellates, ciliates, nematodes and micro/macro arthopods. The stellate amoeba eats bacteria by surrou...

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