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Know your Soils #12: The Soil Health Principles

Welcome to the twelfth, and final, instalment of our Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” 7 Soil health mantras to follow on your farm Insights from Niels Corfield, Soil Health Advisor How do you build soil health?…

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Hannah Steenbergen – 42 Acres, Somerset

Hannah Steenbergen is the farm manager at 42 Acres Farm , a 170 acre working farm and garden which is home to the 42 Acres Somerset Retreat Centre. Until this year much of the land was untended and wild, so there is an amazing amount of wildlife. Hannah’s plan is to create a small-scale diverse…

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Video series: How to monitor your own soils

To help you get started with soil monitoring watch our videos on how to do key soil tests, use the Sectormentor For Soils app and look at results on the website.   VESS TEST Learn what to look for when you visually analyse your soil structure:   EARTHWORM COUNT The best technique for counting earthworms…

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Know your Soils #11: The VESS Test

Welcome to the eleventh instalment of our Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land. Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” How to visually assess…

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Know your Soils #10: Soil Test Calendar

Welcome to the tenth instalment of our Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land. Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” When and how often…

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The Soil Test Challenge

Take action to conserve your most precious resource: your soil. Do you accept the Soil Test Challenge? We are challenging you to do 3 easy soil tests on your fields . It takes one day in total and will be the most important thing you do for your soil. Getting to know your soil is…

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Soil Health – what’s it all about?

This is the first in a series of blog posts from Jenni Dungait, our resident Soil Health Expert, on the scientific basis for soil tests.   Soil health is different from soil quality because it recognises the key role of soil biology as well as soil chemistry and soil physics. Getting soil health right can…

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Know your Soils #9: The plate meter

Welcome to the ninth instalment of our Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land. Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” How to maintain productive…

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You’ve just got to moo-ve them! Greg Judy on mob grazing livestock

A Farmerama short podcast sharing insights on building soil health with grazing livestock How do we manage grazing animals in a way that is most efficient for building soil health, growing grass and feeding livestock? Mob grazing is the answer according to Greg Judy (and many others). Listen to this short podcast sharing the voice…

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Know your soils #8: The most important thing you can do for your soil

Welcome to the eighth instalment of our Know your Soils series sharing practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land. Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Try 3 easy soil…

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