The Soil Food Web approach to our growing needs

Join me in my back-garden allotment in Royal Wootton Bassett, North Wiltshire, where no-dig meets the microbes!

A variety of carefully structured workshops for growers of all abilities and experience that reveal the remarkable lives of soil microorganisms and their essential role in plant health, sustainable growing, and nutritious food.

“Eddie is a great source of knowledge when it comes to the Soil Food Web. He has been visiting River Cottage HQ regularly for a number of years to discuss both geology and soil/plant health with us and our visitors. His passion for the subjects is contagious and I know with every meet with Eddie I am guaranteed to come away learning something new.”

Adam Crofts, Head Gardener, River Cottage

Hello and a warm welcome!

My name is Eddie Bailey and I’m a chartered consulting geologist, Certified Soil Food Web Laboratory Technician, and an associate member of the British Society of Soil Science.

I am an organic allotmenteer of nearly 30 years, the last 10 being soil food web and no dig oriented. In my spare time I lead field trips and give lectures on geology and soil health to local and national interest groups, companies, and organisations.

I have presented soil science workshops at River Cottage and more recently was invited by the doyen of no dig Charles Dowding to bring my microscopes to the ‘No Dig HQ’ at Homeacres where I demonstrated the wonderful microbial enrichment in the no-dig bed versus the dig bed.

It's time to reintroduce your plants to the microbes

Maybe like me, there’s been something bothering you for a while, something missing, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. A sense of imbalance in the natural world; a desire for a simpler, more sustainable existence perhaps?  Either way you feel restless, or simply ready for a new challenge or beginning.

That’s how it dawned on me. Something needed to change in the way we grew our food, what we ate and how we lived. For me that change began when I realised how the microbes had evolved with the plants to grow nutrient-dense fruit and vegetables and vibrant flowers. I saw the connection. It made me feel connected. I cannot explain the sense of re-connection better than through my gardening. If that appeals to you – welcome to RhizoPhyllia! I think you’ll love my selection of workshops.

Soil food web workshops

You are invited to join me in my back-garden allotment and laboratory in Royal Wootton Bassett for a day, or half day of microbial magic, with emphasis on the ‘3 E’s’ – Education, Engagement and sheer Enjoyment!

For many of my workshops I’ll invite you to bring a sample of your soil, compost, foliage or produce for assessment. 

Through hands-on experience you will take away a wealth of knowledge in how microbes and plants are meant to interact, and the skills to get the very best out of your garden.

My soil food web workshops will help you to:

RhizoPhyllia explores the pivotal role of microorganisms in the health and nutritional density of your plants. It’s about the microorganisms below and above ground level, in the soil and on and in the foliage.

RhizoPhyllia workshops promise you an engaging day of training and knowledge-sharing in soil microorganisms and their key functioning in plant health, composts and organic amendments, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with refreshments and lunch provided.

Nature's biological connections need to be regenerated

Why RhizoPhyllia?

RHIZO, or more fully the rhizosphere, is the microbial megalopolis of biogeochemical alchemy surrounding and within the roots of our plants. It also refers to the myco-rhizosphere, the even more spell-binding network of fungal hyphae and partners reaching out into the soil universe acquiring nutrients for plants …as well as knowledge!

PHYLLIA comes from ‘phyllos’ the Greek for leaf and intends to bring awareness to the protective microbial sheath of equal diversity and vitality. I use ‘lia’ as Aristotle did, to mean friendship because the symbiosis between plants and microbes is an essential and irreversible relationship that stretches back over a billion years – that is some marriage!

I’d love to invite you to my back-garden allotment to share my knowledge with you on how microbes and plants are meant to interact and give your soil sample a full microbial health check.


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Eddie is a passionate and extremely knowledgeable teacher who will guide you through the wonders of soil life in this information packed day. I left feeling truly inspired and would highly recommend attending the workshops if you wish to gain more of an insight into this fascinating and vitally important subject.
Kate Forrester, market gardener and co-founder of Long Lane Farm – Ringwood No Dig Community Supported Agriculture (CSA); one of the chefs at Charles Dowding’s courses at 'No Dig HQ’ Homeacres.
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What a wonderful workshop! I was surprised by the intricacies of the subject matter and the imagination and care Eddie had taken to make it both accessible, hands-on and just plain fascinating .
John Wright, naturalist and one of Great Britain’s leading experts on fungi; author of A Natural History of the Hedgerow, A Forager’s Calendar, and A Spotter’s Guide to the Countryside.
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The RhizoPhyllia soil food web workshop was exactly what I needed to expand my limited knowledge of soil health and the soil food web. The course has given me the confidence to continue exploring and experimenting with my soil but now I also have the skills to assess if what I’m doing is having the desired effect. I thoroughly recommend this training; you’ll complete it with many ideas to go off and develop on your own patch.
Chris Rumming, 100% pasture-fed beef farmer, and educator in farming for wildlife; proprietor @lydiardturkeys

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