This is the third in a series of Training Forums offered by Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA).
Did you know that 2015 is International Year of Soils? Soil is often an overlooked partner in sustainability but it is critical in producing healthy food, fibre, fuel and medicine. Soil supports our planet's biodiversity and plays an important role in the carbon cycle, climate change and climate adaptation.
A healthy soil is fundamental to growing healthy plants and in keeping a stable natural environment.
In determining soil health there are many factors to consider and address. This forum introduced the concept of the new NPK. Soil Nutrients, Physical structure and Key biology (which generally live in and around soil organic matter) and how the Soil Food Web interacts with the new NPK.
The Soil Food Web is the complex biological network of micro-organisms and bugs that live in healthy soils with the organisms living in a symbiotic relationship with plants. They live in the soil, on the leaf and on the stem surfaces with most activity in the rhizosphere – the soil area closest to the roots. Soil Health is predominantly determined by having a properly functioning Soil Biological Network – the life in the soil.
The Soil Biological Network is the diverse set of organisms in the soil that includes:
What does having a healthy soil microbiology do for our soils and plants? It:
Don’t just love your plants. Love your Soil and it and it will repay you with a beautiful, healthy, resilient and productive organic garden.
Gerhard Grasser - Studied Soil & Plant Health Sciences from 1984. He is Managing Director of AgriSolutions and has been consulting on soil and plant health to the farming community for nearly 30 years. Gerhard is an active partner in a biologically farmed property in Gippsland and has lectured in Soils, Dip.Sust.Agriculture at ECG McMillan TAFE. He is an Advisory Committee member, Soil Health Policy - West Gippsland and is a founder of Tree Preservation Australia.
Matthew Daniel - Is an internationally experienced Arboriculturalist, studied Plant & Soil Health Care for Arboriculture in USA & Australia, established a plant & soil Health Care business in QLD and is a founder of Tree Preservation Australia.
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