Think of soil microbes as being teeny tiny critters....There are five different types of soil microbes: bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, protozoa and nematodes. Each of these microbe types has a different job to boost soil and plant health. Bacteria is the crucial workforce of soils.
way to help these microbes to do "good" things - they need something to eat
that we consider healthy. A sort of cooperative effort.
Over time these colonies of "critters" become an increasingly important part of the soil giving it its unique qualities -
Recently in an ancient Irish church yard - it was discovered that soil there contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA.
This microbe "thing" has
been on my mind whenever we travel. Once while
Volcano National Park
on the Big Island . .I wondered what microbes lived in those
volcanic steam vents...
You can guess the rest..
At our cabin in the woods within our solar energy factory, we have 14 raised beds where we enjoy gardening .
So, it was natural that I would reserve one of them for this microbe experiment.
experiment of mixing soil samples in this
one box to see, if, over time, there is any changes in the plants grown
So far, we have soil samples marinating from:
Montjui, Barcelona, Spain
thanks to Carlos Perel
Queens NYC thanks to Carlos Perel
Acorn Hill stables, Whitefield thanks to Steve Grady
thanks to Marcelo Sanchez
Steam vent Mauna loa Hawaii
Tsunami mud Hilo bay Hawaii
Gheralta Mountains in Ethiopia Thanks to Howie & Karen Nielsen
Bank dirt from King Tut's tomb Valley of the Kings Egypt
Nile River mud Luxor Egypt
Dirt from the Great Sphinx of Giza Cairo Egypt
Dirt from between
the stones of the giant pyramid of Giza in Cairo
Sand is from Sossusvlei, Namibia Thanks to Howie & Karen Nielsen
Sand from the beach at Iwo Jima Thanks to Leo Gould
We want to add to this collection and would like soils from sites like :
Mt. katahdin and Mt. Washington above the tree line.
Monhegan, Islesboro, Matinicus, St Croix islands
New York's Central Park
Quebec plains of Abraham
San Francisco Bay
Mt St Helens
New Orleans mud
Actually, any soil from places that has had
little or LOTS of human activity over time, would be appreciated.
It is our belief that strength comes from diversity and that these merging microbe colonies will find their survival and become better at what they do, through competition and cooperation
( I wonder how those Hawaiian microbes are coping with Maine's winter).
If you would like to have some of this experimental mix or add to this collection for your gardening inside or out.... stop by and pick up a scoopful.