HUMUS, the black gold of the earth

Veronika Bond Books

Books on humus are relatively rare. This the more surprising, the more you realise how important this stuff is! Our current era has been declared the ‘Decade of Soils’, because humus is expected to run out within the next 60 years. That’s serious. Without humus, there will be no food, no plants, no animals, no humans, no life on earth. …

Compost: Hotbed for New Life (5/5)

Veronika Bond Humus

5 – Time and timing of the Composting Process How long does it take for compost to turn into humus? This is a common question. The answer is, it depends… It depends on the season, the speed of creating the composition, on the size of the ingredients and a few other factors. The process of building up a composting pile …

The Queen of Dirt

Veronika Bond Humus

Photo: Gabriel Jimenez Soil is sometimes called ‘dirt’. The word dirt originally meant ‘excrement’; and indeed, fertile soil has a lot to do with excrements. Animal feces make an important addition to the compost; they are called manure. And the end product of the digestive process of earth worms makes the best humus. However, dirt reminds us of uncleanliness, insignificance …

The Humus Revolution

Veronika Bond Books

Can we heal the soil, save the climate and change our food habits? Ute Scheub and Stefan Schwarzer believe we can. In their book Die Humusrevolution (The Humus Revolution, 2017) we can read that monoculture, agrochemicals and CO2 emissions are destroying the planet, and if we don’t do something fast, then we’ll all starve to death. This grim message is …

The Dying Soil

Veronika Bond Humus

Photo: Patrick Hendry They say, the soil is more fertile after a fire. That’s only true, if there is enough soil on the ground. ‘Charcoal and ashes on the rocks’ — and no soil? Real forests, productive orchards and healthy vegetables won’t thrive there. Soil erosion is ‘the latest global problem’. Ecologists have written and warned about it for a …