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Composting is easy! Get over to Fireweed Farmstead on Saturday July 21 and bring your questions.
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Happy Earth Day! The focus this year, end plastic pollution, is one reason the Speedibin composter is NOT made of plastic. Best way to celebrate: feed the earth - make compost!
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Seedy Saturday Courtenay is tomorrow! March 3 at the Filberg 10 am to 3 pm. Drop by, pick up some seeds for your spring planting and come and see our new Deluxe Speedibin.
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Come say hi and check out the new Deluxe Speedibin at the Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday, 3 Feb 2018. See ya there!
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Cool video showing how plants get nutrients from soil.
The jungle below our feet

This video gives a short overview about some recent topics in soil biology. It is about root exudates, the "rhizosphere priming effect", about humus formation, mycorrhizal fungi and their networks. Below is a very small selection of current scientific publications covering these topics:

Root exudates: Finzi AC, Abramoff RZ, Spiller KS, Brzostek ER, Darby BA, Kramer MA, Phillips RP (2016) Rhizosphere processes are quantitatively important components of terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycles. Global Change Biology 21, 2082 ff.

Formation of humus: Lehmann J, Kleber M (2015) The contentious nature of soil organic matter. Nature 528, 60 ff.

Below-ground networks: Klein T, Siegwolf RTW, Körner C (2016) Belowground carbon trade among tall trees in a temperate forest. Science 352, 342 ff.

Plant parasites in below-ground networks: Lee YI, Yang CK, Gebauer G (2015) The importance of associations with saprotrophic non-Rhizoctonia fungi among fully mycoheterotrophic orchids is currently under-estimated: novel evidence from sub-tropical Asia. Annals of Botany 116, 423 ff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeN-QlHi4bE
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And make your own compost, of course!
even if your local codes "prohibit" living off grid, you can still have greatly reduced grid-dependence in several ways.
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Don't feed the rats! Keep them out of your compost with a metal Speedibin composter.
Greater Victoria battling rat and mice infestation
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Amazing how compost helps tomatoes! Hubby calls these pumpkin tomatoes. They are huge, juicy and very orange.
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