2 results for tag: phosphorus


The little bacteria that could

I attended Reed College, the same alma mater of SOIL’s executive director and co-founder, Sasha Kramer. Reed students celebrate “Nitrogen Day” every year because it is arguably one of the coolest elements on the periodic table. One of the reasons why it’s a superstar element is that it’s essential to life: humans and other organisms need nitrogen to make amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, DNA, and RNA (pretty important stuff). And even though the air we breathe is mostly nitrogen (nitrogen gas makes up 78% of the atmosphere), our bodies can’t process it in that form. Instead, we need bacteria and plants to “fix” atmosp...

Soil Nutrient Lab Test Results

With help from our friends at the Instituto Tecnológico San Ignacio de Loyola (ITESIL) in the Dominican Republic, we are now able to look at our farm’s soils in quantifiable terms nutrient-wise! We were even able to compare the soil results to a SOIL compost sample and found that organic matter, phosphorus, and potassium are all significantly higher in the compost. This illuminates the possibilities of how compost applications could help ameliorate nutrient deficiencies in Haitian soils. If you’re curious, take a look at the printout below. These results not only give us a better idea of our land conditions specific to the area, they are being ...