- keep living roots in the soil – always
- if you add chemical N and P and K you actually diminish the ability of the living things in the soil to feed the plants with the naturally occurring nutrients in the soil
- there is actually enough of almost all key nutrients, even in the shallow poor soils of Western Australia, to feed and grow healthy nutritious plants, if the full biological system of photosynthesis, soil & microbes, plants, and animals are all supported
- Get away from mono-cultures, and find companion planting systems, like the three sisters principle of the Native Americans.
It would be almost impossible for me to capture the incredible depth and breadth of wisdom shared during the Soil Restoration Forum in Kojonup on Tuesday 24th March. Katanning Landcare was fortunate, through funding from the Caring for our Country initiative of the Federal Government, to subsidize the entry fee for 10 farmers from the Katanning area to attend a full day workshop on soil health. The keynote speaker, Dr Christine Jones, blew the crowd of 110 people away with her deep knowledge of soil, in particular the microbial and fungal components, and her ability to make complex ideas accessible and actions achievable. As best I can recollect them, her key messages were: