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Building The Soil Food Web

MODULE A focuses on creating healthy soil through mulching, growing plants for cover, and creating nutrient-rich compost. Here you’ll learn about the soil food web, how to promote soil biodiversity and health to grow vigorous, nutrient-dense plants.

Soil is made up of minerals and nutrients and is a complex, living, breathing super-organism that contains billions of micro-organisms that interact with each other.

The soil food web is an interconnected diagram showing the feeding relationships and other interactions between all the organisms that live in the soil. It shows us who’s eating who in the soil.

In a healthy soil food web, all essential and trace nutrients for plants to thrive are present and we have the diversity of organisms in the soil that make these nutrients available to plants.

The micro and macro-organisms in the soil also help conserve moisture, give soil it’s crumbly structure, provide aeration and prevent erosion. It’s obvious, therefore, that minimal soil disturbance is important.

The Soil Food Web

Our role as gardeners is simple: promote the health and diversity of the soil food web by providing the ingredients and conditions for life under our feet to thrive.

To build the soil food web, we need to keep three principles in mind: cover the ground with living plants, cover the ground with organic matter and create coffee coloured, crumbly compost.

MODULE A. Building the Soil Food Web

1. Cover the ground with organic matter

Dan and Jack visit Fruits and Shoots to provide a practical demonstration on covering the ground with organic matter.

3. Create nutrient rich, living compost

3.3 Creating great Bokashi

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Andrew Couzens is a software engineer turned soil scientist.

A life long sufferer with inflammatory bowel disease, he was motivated to enter the agricultural space in an effort to “be the change” he believed was necessary to heal his own body.

Healthy plants come from healthy soil, and healthy soil comes from working with nature, not against it.

Leveraging his knowledge and experience in software engineering, he started Terra Flora Organics with a goal of helping conventional growers move from unsustainable practices that destroy soil and negatively affect the health of people and the planet, to regenerative practices that allow intensive farming whilst building soil and healing our minds and our bodies.

Andrew Couzens