Learn about your soil

Seven Basic Steps To BioLogical Farming

 

                                        Step 1 – Identification:

Sample the soil, look at the structure and biology – Is there any?

Step 1: Identification             H Atkinson - Worms (3a)            Worm hole, JA Wilson (2)

Step 2

                                       Step 2 – Interpretation:

Look at sample results – UK test, cat-ion exchange, trace elements, available nutrients.

 

                                        Step 3 – Remedial:

What do you need to do to the soil initially? – Lime? Slag? Cultivate? Cover crop?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA            000_0165           OSR. Beans. maize (4a)

                                        Step 4Feed the soil:

Do you have enough biological activity? Earth worms? bacteria? Fungi? Organic matter?

Neesham - Bio-Mulch OSR at Whitehall (1)          Geomyces on straw simon cowell fm 2012 (1)           DH _ EB Smith7

                                       Step 5Tissue testing:

Sample the newest leaves in BOTH good and bad areas.

Alasdair Angus 2011 8 wk old barley post biomulch (3)           Alasdair Angus 2011Barley 8 wk old post biomulch            IMG_0329a

                                       Step 6Feed the plant:

Nutrition AND biology, throughout the season.

031          compost at simon cowells.

                                       Step 7 – Evaluation:

Retest, reassess, and ready to go again.

Alisdair Angus jne '12           P1020128           Georges Iphone 636