Johanna attended a fabulous course on diy soil microbiology last year (here's the link to our blog about Nacho Simon). And off the back of that learning we have been creating all sorts of brews, mixes and potions, teaming with beneficial fungi, bacteria and nutrients. All with the intention to boost the life and vitality in our farm's soil and the plants, trees, animals and people it supports.
One recent concoction we created is called 'micro-organismos de montaña'. The principle is simple: you take leaf litter and decayed organic material from a healthy mixed woodland nearby to you, you bulk up that material with more organic material (in this case wheat bran), you add some food (molasses and water) and you mix the whole lot up and leave to do it's thing for a month.
You then have a highly concentrated dose of beneficial micro-organisms that can be mixed into compost, diluted into water and applied to trees and vegetables, mixed into animal (and even human) feed to help boost good gut microbiology.
These are low tech solutions designed for peasant farmers around the world and they work brilliantly. The first recipients of our new 'probiotic booster' will be our new crop of almonds this year, helping them resist disease and increase the trees' ability to uptake nutrients and pass those on to the almond nuts we harvest in the autumn.