Join the Soil Association and help protect the skin of our earth!
Some time ago I had the great pleasure of teaching school children in Liverpool about organic and wildlife gardening on an allotment site. Alas after a for a few short years the funding ran out! We grew healthy organic crops and learnt about pests and nature. One year, by way of introducing worm composting to the pupils, in September, I had them peel, top and tail carrots, then munch on them! The peelings etc., were placed into a Waste Buster wormery, which has a large viewing window. We left the worms to do their magic. Come early April, we harvested the now worm compost, laid it on the soil surface and planted carrot seeds into it. Early summer the pupils harvested the carrots grown in soil that had itself once been a carrot! How cool a life lesson is that?
I am proud to be a Life Member of the Soil Association. I was proud to have been asked to give a presentation at our 2014 AGM. The members and staff are so active, dedicated, caring and knowledgeable about….. not birds, bees, or water voles, BUT soil. Yes that dark ‘floor’ we all walk on, take for granted and never think there is a whole world of life beneath our very feet!
Even the European Union recognises the importance of our soils. They published The European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity which is an absolutely fascinating glimpse into the remarkable yet hidden wildlife living in a hidden ecosystem, (because that is what it is!) which without doubt humans, wildlife and our food depend. Well worth downloading.
A while back I wrote an article called Organic mulches provide a roof over the factory of life- the soil. It combined two of my passions, wildlife gardening and composting. On soils it covered topics such as soil minerals, benefits of friable soils, microbes, (a whole new world under our feet!), soil hot spots, (rhizospheres) and benefits of mulching to gardeners and wildlife.