The soil and water in Sunseed is salty and alkaline. pH and soil quality is important because it influences several soil factors affecting plant growth, such as soil bacteria, nutrient leaching, nutrient availability, toxic elements, and soil structure. For most plants, the optimum pH range is from 5.5 to 7.0, but some plants will grow in more acid soil or may require a more alkaline balance. Being in a semi-desert area improvements to soil quality and organic matter in the soil are integral. We would like to investigate how the external inputs that we are applying to the soils i.e. compost, fermented teas, urine fertiliser, and the river water interact with the soil and potentially changes its composition to a more acidic and fertile state.
Skills: Interest in Chemistry and Edaphology
Duration: 1 – 2 Months