Saprobic mushrooms are essential for the survival of ecosystems. These mushrooms are fungi that act as decomposers, feeding on dead & decaying wood, leaves, litter & other organic matter. To digest this they secrete enzymes that break it down. This releases & recycles vital nutrients for other organisms & helps dispose of organic waste. In the photo: Mycena subcana (left) & Xeromphalina campanella decomposing a conifer stump in Ordeson-Todd Woods, Ashland, Oregon. US. Photo ©Mike Potts

Saprobic mushrooms are essential for the survival of ecosystems. These mushrooms are fungi that act as decomposers, feeding on dead & decaying wood, leaves, litter & other organic matter. To digest this they secrete enzymes that break it down. This releases & recycles vital nutrients for other organisms & helps dispose of organic waste. In the photo: Mycena subcana (left) & Xeromphalina campanella decomposing a conifer stump in Ordeson-Todd Woods, Ashland, Oregon. US. Photo ©Mike Potts

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Summary of a technical paper that contains interesting data point. ESA Online Journals - "Effects of organic matter amendments on net primary productivity and greenhouse gas emissions in annual grasslands."

Summary of a technical paper that contains interesting data point. ESA Online Journals - "Effects of organic matter amendments on net primary productivity and greenhouse gas emissions in annual grasslands."

Your guide to backyard composting. Keep your home zero waste by diverting organic matter from the landfill. Learn what you can and can't compost with www.goingzerowaste.com

Your guide to backyard composting. Keep your home zero waste by diverting organic matter from the landfill. Learn what you can and can't compost with www.goingzerowaste.com

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These plants are givers, adding nutrients and organic matter back to the soil to increase its fertility without chemicals.

These plants are givers, adding nutrients and organic matter back to the soil to increase its fertility without chemicals.

A light micrograph of a thin slice through a cup fungus called Peziza. It grows on decaying wood and organic matter and reproduces itself by producing ascospores.

A light micrograph of a thin slice through a cup fungus called Peziza. It grows on decaying wood and organic matter and reproduces itself by producing ascospores.

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The taste of homegrown tomatoes right off the vine is truly a small slice of heaven. Read our planting and care instructions to learn how to grow award winning tomatoes! SOIL: Well-drained soil that is high in organic matter is best. If your soil tends to be heavy or sandy, dig in Sloat Loam Builder.  Sloat Forest …

The taste of homegrown tomatoes right off the vine is truly a small slice of heaven. Read our planting and care instructions to learn how to grow award winning tomatoes! SOIL: Well-drained soil that is high in organic matter is best. If your soil tends to be heavy or sandy, dig in Sloat Loam Builder. Sloat Forest …

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Caring For Your Gardenias Plant gardenias where they will get morning sun and afternoon shade. Good air circulation is a must. Gardenias prefer moist, acid soil with good drainage & lots of organic matter. When planting, set the root-ball about 1" higher than the surrounding soil. Gently taper the soil up to the top of the exposed root-ball. Mulch. Pests (whiteflies, scales, & mealybugs). can be a problem. Control by applying a light horticultural oil to prevent sooty mold.

Caring For Your Gardenias Plant gardenias where they will get morning sun and afternoon shade. Good air circulation is a must. Gardenias prefer moist, acid soil with good drainage & lots of organic matter. When planting, set the root-ball about 1" higher than the surrounding soil. Gently taper the soil up to the top of the exposed root-ball. Mulch. Pests (whiteflies, scales, & mealybugs). can be a problem. Control by applying a light horticultural oil to prevent sooty mold.

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Quinta do Vale is an off-grid permaculture project of 2.5ha in the mountains of Central Portugal. It’s an evolving demonstration site for many aspects of sustainable living, with a particular emphasis on off-grid infrastructure. It’s run by Wendy Howard.

Quinta do Vale is an off-grid permaculture project of 2.5ha in the mountains of Central Portugal. It’s an evolving demonstration site for many aspects of sustainable living, with a particular emphasis on off-grid infrastructure. It’s run by Wendy Howard.

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Organic Matter: Adding organic matter to soil may be the key to unlocking your garden's full potential.

Organic Matter: Adding organic matter to soil may be the key to unlocking your garden's full potential.

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