THE ULTIMATE HANDBOOK…
“ SHOULD YOU SURVIVE 2012…”
HOW TO BUILD YOUR PARADISE:
Guerrilla Soil Science is essentially a strategy for sustainable land management. The concept is both static, in the form of a stand alone practical book, and ‘organic’ via this web site, the projects, participants and the information exchanged between them. An interactive and community based concept Guerrilla Soil Science puts forward a mechanistic model upon which real data from the land can be quantified and qualified. Uses to determine the effectiveness or longevity of any given agricultural strategy or system, Guerrilla Soil Science can help to integrate the crops, livestock and people they ultimately support into a sustainable future.
Each project can become both an independent cell and part of a greater matrix that provides collective support and environmental security over a much larger catchment. Such a concept though can only manifest under the full and complete adoption of the concept of ‘SHARING’ and to to this ends all the information here is provided without condition or obligation. Join in if you like, the door to Paradise is still open…….
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
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.
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.
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.
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(note: the web site is superior to this the original draft written in Delhi Dec 2010)
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