Wish Everyone Knew This About Plants, Soils, Water and Fungai
70% of carbon is in soil and 30% is what grows out of it
Create living soil that is rich in microbes (bacteria, Fungai) and worms
Focus on the improving whole ecosystem in and around (soil, water, and biodiversity)
Eliminates pesticide and fungicide and reduces need for fertilizers
§ Pesticide kills microbes in soil — microbes are source of nitrogen for plants. Microbes exchange nitrogen with sugars from plants.
§ Fungicide kills fungi in soil which stops the plat roots to exchange sugar with water and nutrition
§ Fungai network under soil is interconnected web of exchange highways to transfer sugars, water and nutrients between plants and trees
Protect soil from direct exposure to sun light that kills microbes from soil
§ Use of cover crops and mulch
Crop rotations to keep the soil well balanced with different nutrients
Stop tilling — tilling exposes soil to direct sun, destroy soil ecology
Use Key-line design and/or swales to slow down the water runoff and collect excess water on land
Use 7 layers design for plantation
§ Root layer plants that grow in soil
§ Ground cover plant
§ Annual pants — that die back during winter
§ Shrub layer — berries etc.
§ Understory trees (fruit trees)
§ Canopy tree — walnuts etc.
§ Vertical layer — climbers like vines
Best Documentaries to watch
§ Regreening the desert with John D. Liu | VPRO Documentary | 2012
§ The Man Who Stopped the Desert (documentary) — YouTube
§ Forest Man
§ Nature’s internet: how trees talk to each other in a healthy forest | Suzanne Simard | TEDxSeattle
§ Celebrating 10-Years at the Greening the Desert Project, Jordan
§ WORLD’S LARGEST REFORESTATION | Motorcycle World Tour | Africa #9
§ Restoring the ancient Caledonian Forest Alan Watson Featherstone TEDxFindhorn
§ Want to Solve Wildfires and Drought? Leave it to BEAVERS!
§ Natural sequence farming: How Peter Andrews rejuvenates drought-struck land | Australian Story
§ How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory