We dig soil
Nicole Masters has been passionate about nature and the land for as far back as she can remember. An independent agroecologist, she is the founder of Integrity Soils, which is a company specialising in regenerative agriculture. Her book For the Love of Soil, aims tp make education on land regeneration accessible to everyone. She helps farmers and producers, here and abroad to use regenerative agriculture practices.
There is a multitude of life forms on our planet. This is especially true under our feet, in the soil. Earthworms, spiders, and millipedes are only a few examples of the vast number of soil organisms. Once you look what lives in soils, you realize the tremendous diversity of shapes and colors. But what if we take the time to describe all their characteristics: color, size, shape, number of legs, type of wings, lifespan, and climate preferences?
Te toto o te tangata he kai, te oranga o te tangata, he whenua, he oneone Whole food provides the blood in our veins, our wellbeing is drawn from the land and soils Mana Whenua is a 55-page publication documenting an art and mātauranga exchange undertaken by a cross section of Māori artists working with whenua in their art practices. Published by Sarah Hudson, September 2020
A quick summary of the nature and properties of soils appearing in the New Zealand landscape of today. 'Be it deep or shallow, red or black, sand or clay, the soil is the link between the rock core of the earth and the living things on its surface. It is the foothold for the plants we grow. Therein lies the main reason for our interest in soils.'
Simple exercises to characterise your soil You don’t have to be a soil scientist to get to know some of the essential characteristics of your own backyard soil. Anyone can get their hands dirty. With a few simple tests you can find out some interesting facts about your own soil. All you need is a spade or garden trowel, a jar with a lid, some water, and either a soil colour smartphone app or soil colour sheets. Jump directly to sections on: Soil structure | Soil texture | Soil colour
The tale of a tiny worm, the bacteria that live inside her, and a tree being munched on by a grub. This is a story about tiny creatures that live in the darkness of the soil. When a tree cries out in pain, some unexpected heroes come to the rescue. Nema and her gang of young nematodes (tiny worms) embark on a dangerous journey underground. The Xenos, a group of wise but deadly bacteria, hitch a ride. A story full of action, life-or-death challenges and microscopic warfare...
A soil scientist is maximizing her growing capacity by planting well above ground without soil. Walking through Dr Robyn Simcock’s inner-city Auckland garden can be a topsy-turvy experience. Her bee-attracting borage, salvias and sedums resemble a meadow – except that they are three metres off the ground on the living roof potager above her workshop. Passersby do a double take at the sheep sculpture among the bromeliads and natives planted on top of the garage.
DOWNLOADABLE POWERPOINT - Common New Zealand earthworms - Although earthworms have many common characteristics, species differ widely in their size, skin colour and the roles they play in the soil ecosystem. Use the Common New Zealand earthworms PowerPoint to learn more about introduced and native earthworms.