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Bacteria found in ancient Irish soil halts growth of superbugs—new hope for tackling antibiotic resistance

Bacteria found in ancient Irish soil halts growth of superbugs—new hope for tackling antibiotic resistance What if your soil contained the newest antibiotic? Researchers are hopeful that is what they found in this soil from Ireland that has been traditionally used as a folk medicine. In the past, this soil has been wrapped in a cloth and used to treat a toothache, throat, and neck infections. Now, it's been shown to inhibit the growth of multi-resistant pathogens including MRSA. Here's the link to the article. I highly doubt that this ancient soil was ever farmed conventionally. But maybe there have been those who tended the soil lovingly as we do in our gardens. And who knows what soil life miracles...

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Testing your garden soil

Garden soil testing can be broken down into 3 categories - physical, biological and chemical. Physical - It's fairly easy to give your soil a physical test at home Structure - squeeze a handful of damp soil, open your hand. Does it fall apart? If it does then it's too sandy. Poke it - if it crumbles apart it's good. If when poked it retains its shape than it has too much clay. Drainage - does rainwater drain away quickly or does it sit on top of your soil. Roots need oxygen that is in the air spaces. Too much water clogs up the air spaces. Water retention - after a good watering does the soil stay moist for days or dry...

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