Ratio of Fungi: Bacteria | A Road Map to the Use of the Soil Food Web

Succession Chart

What are we trying to grow? Vegetable? Shrub, Tree, Rye grass, corn, cotton, roses? Or…?

Study the chart and find what you want to grow and then note the ratio of fungi:bacteria required for that particular type of plant. That is the target we are aiming for when helping you take care of your land. How the soil foodweb is influenced to be the fungal:bacterial ratio you want depends on what kind of soil community is already there, your cultural practices, past cultural practices and, what grew there long ago (100-200 years ago).

Once we determine what kind of soil community we are trying to influence, we can begin to build our compost supply one way or the other to get it ready for our custom spray blends. Aged, brown organic materials support fungi; fresh, green organic materials support bacteria.

When we come to your place to do an assessment or pasture walk we are noting what is growing, what plants or grasses are doing well, or, are struggling. And remember, when you are striving for a functioning eco system, what grew on your spot of land long ago is what is easiest to bring back on that spot today.