What is living soil?

  • It is a naturalistic approach to agriculture
  • Living soil uses organic materials, soil life, and natural ecosystems to provide complete nutrition, reduce pests, and promote on-going plant health
  • Organic materials are used instead of in-organic additives.

Why Living Soil?

  • Conventional Fertilizing
  • Organic Mineralization
  • Aerobic Environment
  • Anaerobic Environment
  • Water & Oxygen

Soil Life

  • Microorganisms
  • The Rhizosphere
  • Bacteria
  • Bacterial Decomposition
  • Fungi

Soil Structure

  • Soil Structural Components
  • Loam
  • Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)
  • Soil Organic Components


  • Decomposition
  • Compost Heaps
  • Maintaining the Compost Environment
  • Moisture and Aeration

Starting a Heap

Active/Passive Management

Living Organic Soil Recipe