Elaine Ingham's Soil Food Web approach
Consulting and Support
Compost, Extract and Tea
Soil Food Web Consultant
Soil Food Web Laboratory Technician
contains billions of microscopic organisms per teaspoon. For soil fertility, the most important groups are bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes and micro arthropods. If they are present in high diversity, they can work in cooperation with the plants to keep the soil healthy and the plants will grow better.
A restored soil food web has positive effects on yields, nature and climate. In cooperation with plants, the soil food web provides services such as improved structure, soil fertility, disease prevention, climate adaptation and carbon storage.
Growing food close to nature is interesting for gardener, farmer and environment. Give space to the organisms in the soil and they will gladly help you do your job.
I am happy to help create a plan to restore the greatest possible diversity of micro-organisms in your soil. I am also happy to assist in the implementation of this plan.
I can perform a soil food web scan of your soil or compost sample for you. It is important to make an appointment for this in advance because the sample changes with time. This could lead to observation errors.
A scan gives an overview of the organism groups present in the sample and their diversity (as far as it can be observed). It also lists any particularities if visible. The scan can be used for a first impression of the state of the soil food web and soil fertility facilitated by soil life. You receive a video record of the observations.
A soil food web analysis provides a report that can be used during soil food web restoration. This lists the following for the different organism groups:
total and desired biomass bacteria
total and desired biomass of fungi
number and desired number of protists (separated into the following groups: amoebae, flagellates, ciliates)
number and desired number of nematodes (separated into the following groups: bacterial feeding nematodes, fungal feeding nematodes, predatory nematodes, root feeding nematodes)
Hello Birgit, thank you for today's class. Very interesting and fun.
Thank you for the interesting day today and your hospitality. It was great to look at our own materials and to learn how to take a soil sample with an appel corer!
Thank you for today's fascinating workshop!
Thank you very much for the excellent teaching material; a very well-constructed presentation.