Permaculture Designers

soil recovery & regeneration

SOIL TESTING & ANALYSIS 

Getting a soil test is a great way to measure its health and fertility. These tests are generally inexpensive, though well worth any cost when it comes to growing and maintaining healthy plants in the soil. The results will show us what we need to do to regenerate the soil and make it as productive as possible.

Why Test Soil?

Most soil nutrients are readily found in the soil provided that its pH level is within the 6 to 7 range. However, when the pH level rises, many nutrients (like phosphorus, iron, etc.) may become less available. When it drops, it may even reach toxic levels, which can adversely affect the plants and microorganisms.

We also test the soil for contaminates, pollutants and any other toxicity, such as microplastics and chemicals. We do this so that we can be certain no toxic materials are going to be absorbed into the edible plants that will be consumed. If pollutants or contamination is present, we have to look carefully at how we plan to resolve the issue. In many cases this can be achieved using sacrificial planting.

CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR SOIL TESTED OR SUPPORT AND ADVICE ON RECOVERY

SOIL RECOVERY 

It sounds like a room where the soil is held before being allowed home to fully recover. In many gardens and on acres and acres of land, the soil has declined. Some say it has deteriorated, or that it is the result of global warming or climate change. The issues we face with our soil all across the world are mostly due to the destruction caused by man.

BIOREMEDIATION

Bioremediation is one method of soil recovery and uses biological agents to remove the contamination by using plants and organisms to filter the contamination.

PHYTOREMEDIATION

Another form of soil recovery is to use plants that extract contaminants and pollution from the soil. In one case, ferns were used to absorb high levels of arsenic in just one growing season. The plants are then carefully disposed of or incinerated.

NITROGEN FIXERS

Nitrogen fixers such as clover and radish restore nitrogen levels, left in the ground they break down and provide habitats for microorganisms to thrive.

WE AIM TO

  • Identify & evaluate soil structural problems in the field
  • Help build compost heaps and help you understand the decomposition process
  • Perform simple experiments to evaluate fertilisation rates and methods
  • Define and describe soil properties and processes
  • Perform simple tests and field analyses on soil
  • Identify nutrient deficiencies
  • Evaluate the attributes of various mulches
  • Analyse the impacts of earthworks and earth working machinery on soil and landscape
  • Analyse the effects of different soil management methods.
  • Identify soil and land degradation
  • Propagate and grow plants in containers
  • Identify and evaluate soil degradation minimisation programs and methods