What You Will Learn…
After watching these 8 lessons through a series of online videos, Elaine takes us through everything that you will ever need to know on how to use your microscope effectively.
PLUS To fast track your learning and have support ‘Regen Ray” Milidoni hosted 10 live zoom group calls to help all learn together what was shared during these calls was great to help everyone learn more and give new ideas. This is now included in the course as extra material.
Don’t have a microscope? Don’t worry, while having a microscope will be more satisfying, we will show you how to borrow one or buy one with our prefered partner with a special deal that we have negotiated just for you.
With or without a microscope this course & group call replays will help you learn about living soils.
Who is this course for:
- Food Growers
- Keen home gardeners
- Compost & Compost Tea makers
- Anyone who wants to see the life in soils
- If you want to discover more about how soil is mirrored in our gut biome
In fact this is for anyone who wants to evaluate their own soil biology using a microscope – an essential step to healthy soils.
Watch your soils come to life!
Lesson 1: Introduction to the Microscope
- Guide to selecting a Microscope
- How to set up microscope
- Parts and functions of a typical microscope
- Microscope best practice
- How to collect a soil sample
- How to look after your microscope
- Diluting & Preparing Slides
- How to Focus correctly on your Slide and which magnification to use
- True bacteria, Actinobacteria,
- Spirilla, Spirochetes,
- Anaerobic Bacteria as indicators
- Decomposer fungi,
- Mycorrhizal fungi,
- Diameters, Color
Lesson 5: Morphology of Algae, Protozoa & Nematodes
- Algae, Pollen, Parasites, Microarthropods
- Protozoa; Flagellates, Amoebae, Ciliates
- Nematodes; bacterial-feeding, fungal-feeding, predatory, root-feeding
Lesson 6: Morphology of Other Materials in the Soil
- Identifying other materials such as cellulose, plant debris, thread, diatom shells, mineral particles.
- Distinguishing between other materials & organisms
Lesson 7: Quantification (Counting Organisms)
- Sampling considerations,
- Determining diameters, lengths, numbers
Lesson 8: Data from Counting Fields
- Putting the numbers in the spreadsheet
- Why do we need to count the B:F ratios
A self correcting quiz that will test your skills
Here’s What Others Say About This Course
Dr Elaine Ingham
Dr Elaine Ingham is an energetic, easy-to-understand speaker who explains what life in the soil is all about. Behind this “user-friendly” approach lies a wealth of knowledge gained from years of intensive research into the organisms which make up the soil foodweb.
Group Calls with 'Regen Ray' Milidoni
‘Regen Ray’ is a soil lover and partnered with Farming Secrets to take their business into the next generation of online learning, launching the Soil Learning Centre during the pandemic. He now works with soil mentors from around the world to create educational programs all about soil. He has been teaching people about soils for years through his online classrooms, webinars and his podcast, Secrets of the Soil. On his podcast, he interviews experts in their field and talks about important topics all about the soil.