Clea’s soil building workshop

Growing conditions for forest trees to sprout = rotting fruit contains all nutrition for seed to grow happily

1. Need loose soil, always for successful growing

2. Functions of activated carbon in the soil:

Retains water

1 tbsp charcoal has surface area of 2 acres

keeps soil loose

prevents salination

detoxifies the soil

provdes aeration

sequesters carbon

slow release of nutrients due to ioninc binding

provides food for micro-organisms

provides niches to harbor micro-organisms

3. Use mulch: protection, carbon & moisture retention

4. Micronutrients:

phosphorus (fish-eating bird shit)

magnesium  (naturally exists in clay soils?)

calcium  (calcium Carbonate)

sulphur (brassica)

only become available for absorption by plant at  pH 6.5-7

Survey: type of soil: clay/loam/sand; pH of soil; types of weeds – indicate nitrogen deficient, etc… cracks indicate carbon and microbe deficiency.  Clay soil (-) charge; sandy soil (+) charge.  Clay holds nutrients.

Soil Building – Balance pH of soil and add micronutrients

Activator = food

Inocculant = starter for microorganisms

Add carbon

Make compost

Assume soil is deficient of all micronutrients.  Apply one time application and then maintain balance.

Plugs, leaks and container.  The soil is the container and leaks are always forming.  Identify the leaks and plug the gaps.

Use amrut pani and amrut methi

Aim for aerobic breakdown

  1. Add mixed leaves (as biodiverse as possible for the mixed chemicals) and decomposing fruits to soil.
  2. Add some small amount of good forest soil as an inoculant. Add cow dung slurry, water & sulphur (~8kg/acre) Turn it into the soil. pH will become acidic.
  3. Next add rock phosphorus (~4kg/acre) pH will rise again
  4. Use protein to balance and stabalise the pH at 6.5.  Clea uses blood and bone.  This contains calcium and magnesium.  We can use alternatives.