JOHN MUIR RESIDENCY | FERTILE GROUND : SOIL
Natalie Taylor 13 to 26April 2015
Day One: I’m really excited to start the John Muir Residency today and have spent the morning going around various farms in East Lothian, talking to farmers and collecting bags of soil samples.
For soil improvement techniques, I have learned that there are differing opinions. Some folk swear by compost, some by pig manure and slurry, and others rely on more conventional techniques of soil improvement such as adding nitrogen and other chemicals. More on this later. What does seem to be apparent is that everyone’s soil does need attention and added elements to enrich the soil for best crop results.
I am going to be sending off some if these samples soon to see how high in minerals and other trace elements they are which has a direct knock- on effect in our food!