A holistic soil test for your soil or compost that uses cutting-edge soil microscopy to quantify your microbiome and give you tips on how to improve it.
Want to know if your organic garden practices are working?
Want to improve your beloved Monstera's health?
Want to make the transition from conventional to organic to biodynamic farming?
You can't improve what you can't measure, so let's get you measuring and get you growing stronger, healthier, more productive plants!
We test for the following parameters:
- Fungal Biomass
- Bacterial Biomass
- Fungal-to-Bacterial Ratio
- Actinobacterial Biomass
- Nematode Population
- Flagellate Population
- Ciliate Population
- Amoeba Population
The Fungal-to-Bacterial ratio is among the most important indicators of soil health. It reflects what type of plants your soil is ready to grow. Most common veggie crops prefer a 1:1 ratio, while weeds prefer 0.1:1 and forests can go all the way up to 1000:1 before they are truly mature. Most farm and garden soils in this country have been depleted by harmful practices such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and tillage, and thus are usually far less than the minimum recommended value of 0.3:1. Test your soil to see where it lies on this spectrum. Get it closer to 1:1 and watch as weeds disappear and crops thrive!
The Nematode, Flagellate, and Amoeba populations are all beneficial indicators of soil health. If you have the minimum recommended amount of 10,000 individuals per gram of soil, it indicates that your soil food web is up and active, cycling nutrients for your plants.
The Actinobacteria and Ciliate populations are less desirable, and can indicate anaerobic conditions. We always want our soils to be aerated, but through the natural structure created by soil biology--not through tillage. In fact, excessive tillage can cause compaction layers just below the depth of the deepest tillage. This can lead to anaerobic conditions and high actinobacterial and ciliate populations. Follow no-till farming or no-dig gardening, and get your microbial populations up, and you'll see less and less of these harmful creatures in no time.
We provide our results as a PDF document, sent directly to your email inbox. This document includes charts detailing the above parameters. All you have to do is scoop out a soil sample using our sampling guidelines and send it our way. Get your soil tested today to learn where you are on the path to a healthy soil food web!
Your first soil microbiome test is a baseline for your soil health. After that, we'll help you design experiments and advise you on best practices to improve your soil health and monitor the results!