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Study of microscopic organisms, biochemistry research, and the use of microscopes in gardening.
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Cool find with the water bear. Here is a Vorticella, at least I think so. Found him in some pond muck out back.
Hey, check it out! Found a water bear in my compost tea :D
A 400x microscope will not reveal much aside from cyanobacteria, which are huge by microbiological standards.
1000x with oil immersion lenses and slip covers for the slides can get you a little bit further. There are guides for physical identification, however, like the previous poster mentioned DNA Sequencing is preferred for IDing what's in your system. Gram staining is also a fairly simple way of separating bacterial groups.
Just adding to what Bob Campbell is talking about, if you want to do the same thing to your lawn, I made a video a few years ago how to get your grass roots really deep and break up your soil. In this case, the grass roots went down around 20 inches after applying compost extracts and teas.. The first link is to a series of videos how to install an underground drip watering system. Some of the clips are missing and I need to re-upload them. I will do that soon.
The second link shows how to plant a mesquite tree. While digging the hole, you can see the grass roots going down 20 inches. This is the same lawn as in the first link. This lawn is not treated with chemicals, only compost twice a year. At the end of the posting/website, you can see a recipe for compost tea geared for growing a mesquite tree. This is the same thing as EM, but you make the micro biology from your home kitchen/yard organic waste.
@Jim - I like to say I'm growing my soil.
This video shows why EM is so good.
Funny thing is I gave a lecture some years ago on "Feed the earth worms and the plants will follow" Pretty much the same
EM (Effective Microorganisms) after being stored for several months at room temperature.
Identical...What I knew about soils and the biochemistry going on there, and then reading about what went on in AP is what caught my attention for AP in the first place years ago. Kind of a geeky way to get hooked, but honestly that is how I knew from the first time I read about AP that it would work....Its been a fun and wild ride ever since.
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