Guerrilla Soil Science

HOW TO BUILD YOUR PARADISE

Guerrilla Soil Science is a strategy for sustainable land management. An holistic concept it is a framework in which real data from the land can be quantified, qualified and used to determine the sustainability of an agricultural system.

THE PROBLEM OF SOIL FERTILITY

This Chapter puts forward the concept of Soil Fertility as a relative rather than a comparative property in which the inherent properties of the project are first measured and then used to determine the specific potentials and current state of the system. The relative difference between these two points gives a far better measure of the soils fertility relative to its potential than comparing it against a league table of soils. What sounds complicated though is made easy to understand though The analogy of a football team and it’s management which used to explain the interactions and dependencies of mineral elements. A concept that is taken further in phasm’s fertility is a game of footie concept.

MEASURING SOIL PROPERTIES

The practical methods and the reasoning behind them for extracting the information necessary to build a project specific strategy are explained

DI-FUNCTIONAL MODELLING (DFM)

Building on the data obtained through Guerrilla Soil Science a mechanism and model that can identify the causes of soil degradation and the means to prevent or reverse this process can be constructed. Effectively the only tool one needs, DFM represents the simplest yet most comprehensive means to start building your Paradise. Whilst the model is relatively complex, it is simple enough for anyone wishing to maximise the efficiency and sustainability of their agricultural enterprise to use. Thus Guerrilla Soil Science and Di-Functional Modelling can take us one step closer to realising Paradise.

THE SCIENCE OF COMPOST

Everything you ever wanted to know about constructing making and using compost in agricultural and environmental situations. From creating the perfect environmental conditions for the micro-biological process to take place to exploiting the mechanisms and end products in nutrient management and maintaining soil quality and fertility.

THE 3-4-5 NUTRIENT MODEL

Plant nutrition and soil fertility are concepts that whilst interdependent originate from the distinct disciplines of Botany and Geology. The manner by which these concepts have historically evolved has led to a high degree of misalignment and misunderstanding of how they relate to each other. The 3-4-5 Nutrient Model address this misalignment so that the process and mechanisms by which nutrients are liberated from the soil and subsequently transported to the root for use by the plants becomes a more fluid operation . By re-arranging these nutrients to reflect both the mechanisms and fate within the plant-soil environment a more realistic and practical model is thus constructed.

 

Free Cultural Works (CC BY-NC-SA) Malcolm McEwen (2011)

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