Soil microbes are essential to healthy soil and healthy soil is essential to healthy plants – this is the International Year of Plant Health. Let us build your knowledge and skills to understand how microbes build soil, so you can reduce water requirements, provide plant nutrients, protect our environment and break down toxins with these naturally occurring little workers. These interactive workshops will get you much more closely acquainted with our wonderful living soil whether it is on a town block, or acreage and are suitable for individuals, professional development, and as an introduction for commercial purposes.
- Soil food webs
- Identifying micro-organisms
- Viewing soil samples
- Suggesting strategies to assist soil health
By the end of the Foundation Class you will have a greater understanding of soil food webs (why we need bacteria and fungi to gather nutrients, and protozoa and nematodes to make those nutrients available to plants). You will be able to identify soil food web microbes when you look at a sample of soil through a microscope and have some ideas for how you can easily look after and attract microbes to your soil.
- Review and extend knowledge of soil food webs
- Review and extend knowledge of micro-organisms
- Micro-organisms and plant succession
- Micro-organisms in the carbon and nitrogen cycles
- Monitoring soil biological health
- Remediation strategies
By the end of the Master Class, you will have extended your knowledge of how the soil food web works, practiced organism identification, learnt how to assess the qualitative health of the soil and be able to put in place remediation strategies based on what has been learned.