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(This is a list of--hopefully--all of Bryant RedHawk's awesome threads about soil microbiology. I made it a wiki that can be edited so that new threads can be added and hopefully short summaries of each thread will be next to the link for easy reference. I plan on putting a link to this thread on each thread so it's easy to find other's in the series.)

Bryant RedHawk's Epic Soil Series

  • What We Need to Know about Soil
  •     Is it dirt or is it soil? how to know what you're starting with so you can make it what you want it to become.
  • The Quest for Super Soil
  •     How to do it for soil building, nature uses diversity (multiple methods) we should too.
  • What does Complete Soil do for the planet?
  • Vitamins for Plants
  • Settling the Dust around Biodynamic Applications
  • Redhawk's Methods of Making the Biodynamic Preparations
  •     This thread goes into details on how to easily, and with just a few resources, make make preparations that increase certain types of soil mycrobiology to help specific types of plants' thrive
  • Getting the Biology We Want into Our Soil
  • The wonderful world of water, soil and plants   Water, how does it work for us, how does it work with soil and plants
  • Nature's Internet How Plants talk to each other and the rest of their world
  • personal research Redhawk's current research
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  • Bacteri-Fungi and Nematodes Oh My!
  • Examination of Accepted Soil Testing Proceedures
  • Using a Microscope to improve your soil
  • Let's talk about soil minerals
  • Can we make Soil like Nature Does?

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    As I write more threads on the subjects of soil, compost, and other related materials I will be adding the link to this page so it is up to date.

    I thank Nicole Alderman for coming up with this idea and implementing it.

    Redhawk
     
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    Congratulations, Dr. RedHawk!  Very happy for you.  
    I'm interested to delve into these threads sometime too.
     
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    Congratulations on your achievement. It's wonderful to have all the threads here in one place. I've often referred to your information and appreciate that you share so much that is useful. Thank you for your time.
     
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    "If thanks were weighed in grams my fellow readers and I would owe you tons"

    Thank You Dr. Redhawk

    P.S. hope your wife is doing well
     
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    I finally completed reading this entire series in sequence last night. Some of the articles I had read previously. More than once. I've been gardening & learning about soil for a long time. This series really helped me put many of the pieces of the soil & web of life puzzle together. It answered many questions & of course raised others. It gave me confidence that I have been doing most things right & also clarified what else needs to be done. The timing is perfect too. I recently became steward of a 100+ year old family cattle ranch. As far as the soil and plants go, things are already changing for the better.

    Well done indeed. Thanks Dr. Redhawk!!!  

     
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    Bryant RedHawk wrote:As I write more threads on the subjects of soil, compost, and other related materials I will be adding the link to this page so it is up to date.

    I thank Nicole Alderman for coming up with this idea and implementing it.

    Redhawk



    Hi Redhawk,  

    Thanks for all your wonderful work. I read much of your posts on soil types with interest, but I could not really find one that seems to well describe my soil type here.  I live in NW Arkansas, SW Ozarks and the soil is well more rock than soil.  We live on horizontal sheets of rocks that seem to reproduce little baby rocklets. It is almost like the earth is trying to cleanse itself of impurities.  The more rocks you remove, the more that seem to spontaneously appear.  It just pushed them to the surface.  The rocks are quite jaded and brittle.  There is quite a bit of chert so Arkansas could have been really made.  You don't want to walk in bare get as you can get nasty cuts.  

    It is intensive work to make this dirt into soil.  It is actually too well drained.  It is not particularly sandy looking but the large quantity of a variety of sizes of rocks seen to make it drain very well.  I suspect that the rocks have also weathered well into sand, but I have not had it tested since we moved here.  I am going to try the no till method starting with cardboard and I.have loss off wood chips courtesy of the local electric company.  The drainage is so good that when there is a water leak the local water utility cannot always locate them at least not in a short order.

    The weather is temperate, with a couple months of of and on freezing temperatures.  The summers are quite hot and can get humid because we are on a very large lake.  However much of the time it is quite dry with not a lot of rain.  With these limited info given, do you have any immediate thoughts.

    Thank you again.

    Sincerely,

    Ralph
     
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