A glimpse at the sex lives of fungi

For several weeks I wondered: What is it that I am seeing here?There were lots of little off-shoots of the single strands of mycelium, at fairly regular intervals. Someone had suggested the fungus started branching off in search for food, but this did not fit the pattern I saw. Branching fungal strands, hyphae, maintain theirContinue reading “A glimpse at the sex lives of fungi”

Review – Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Foundation Courses

Should I take Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Foundation Courses? Well, that’s a question only you can answer. I can speak to: Would I take the Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Foundation Courses again? If you want the short answer, yes, I would. If you want to know a bit more detail, read on! 7Continue reading “Review – Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Foundation Courses”

Composting Equipment

Compost Container I’ve used a number of composting techniques over the years, some typical garden cone composters, I tried a hotbin, and until recently I used 2 pallet compost bays, approx. 1.5m x 1.5m x 1.5m. However, I found these a bit too difficult to keep equally moist, and they were also not very wellContinue reading “Composting Equipment”

Microscopy Equipment

All the equipment here is what I use or have heard other students comment favourably on. Any student of the soil food web school will receive recommendations for equipment. Trouble is – these are focussed on the US, so here is what I and a couple of others found useful in a European context, particularlyContinue reading “Microscopy Equipment”


As more and more plants struggle under the influence of erratic weather and changing climate patterns, with prolonged and repeating droughts, I need to understand better, learn more, and become a facilitator of soil and plant health. In my quest to do this, I am keeping this blog as a diary and resource collection. AndContinue reading “Welcome!”