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Dr. Elaine Ingham is teaching a "Microscope Intensive" online course

Jennifer Wadsworth
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(from an email from the Soil Learning Team)

How do you know if your compost, compost tea or compost extract is any good? How do you know if it contains the right balance of organisms for your soil? Whilst it might smell good and it might look a nice, dark brown what do you know about the balance of bacteria to fungi? Does it have the good guy nematodes or the bad guy nematodes? What about pathogens and weed seeds? How do you know?

When you do want to find out what biology is present in your, compost, compost tea or compost extract the only way you can really know is to look at it under the microscope. You can do this yourself or you can send your samples off to a laboratory. Ideally it's best to look at the sample immediately after preparing it to determine if you have all the good organisms present that way you can set about using it or amending or in ome cases starting from scratch again.

So if you want to cut out costly mistakes caused by 'bad' compost, whether it is yours or one that you have bought, the answer is to learn how to use a microscope so you can check it yourself. And this is what you will learn when you join the Microscope Intensive Course presented by Dr Elaine Ingham who teaches you how to do all of that.

You will discover:

• What to look for when choosing you microscope
• What are the best practices on how to maintain your microscope
• How to take a sample correctly
• How to dilute your sample and get a uniform result each time
• How to operate an inexpensive microscope when looking at your sample
• How to determine different groups of organisms eg. bacteria, fungi, nematodes, protozoa etc.

• How to determine the feeding groups, which are the bad guys, which are good guys

• How to count those different groups of organisms

By learning all of these, it's very easy for you to assess if you're going to provide the organisms that your soil and plant requires to be healthy.

So if you're interested click this button to find out all about the course and to register.

Yours in soil,

Soil Learning Center Team
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