What Exactly is a Biological Soil Crust?

Soil Crusts are Tiny Communities¬†that Can Help You Build Healthy¬†Soil Did you ever walk out in the desert following a rainstorm? ¬†If so, you may have noticed a thin black or green layer ¬†on the surface of the soil. ¬† Of course. you may have noticed¬†a sprinkling of dry, black powder on the soil surface … Read more

On Solar Powered Nitrogen Factories

Recently, I was invited into a discussion on the potential for “solar powered nitrogen factories”. The dialog dealt with using legumes and grasses as cover crops to increase soil fertility. This is of course, a great strategy which farmers are adopting at large scales. As the cover crops grow, they release sugars that feed soil … Read more