Working with nature to benefit all.

Humankind needs SoilKind!

Healthy soils are those that are full of life. Be kind to your soil.
Discover what life is in your soil by sending it to SoilKind for analysis


What's up with your soil biology


Soil Food Web Lab Technician

Improve Your Soil Health

More: productive, resilient and stable

No need for inputs

Never use chemicals or inorganic fertiliser again

Love Your Microbes

Microorganisms can do all the nutrient cycling your plants need, if they’re present.

Make sure your soil has microorganisms, if it doesn’t you need the right kind of compost.

You can check if your soil is getting better by doing regular checks.

Store More Carbon

Huge amounts of carbon can be stored by healthy soil. Make sure your soil is doing so.

Stop Losing Topsoil

Healthy soil with beneficial microorganisms has structure that holds it together.

Eliminate weeds/pests the natural way

In healthy soil the desired plants and microorganisms will outcompete detrimental organisms/weeds.

Your Lab Technician - Duncan Pepper

SoilKind Service

Analysis of any soil, compost or compost tea for presence or absence of bacteria, fungi, protozoa (amoeba/flagellates/ciliates), nematodes. Presence or absence of these groups and species within these groups can tell us about many aspects of soil health and productivity potential.

Production of high quality bio-complete compost for soil rehabilitation


Each sample analysis will include a biology report detailing what was (or wasn’t) found, and explanations of how to interpret the data. 

One of the most important aspects is the Bacterial to Fungal Biomass ratio as that dictates what successional group of plants your soil is selecting for. Having this balance right will select against weeds and improve the plant prosperity of your desired species. Brassicas, for example, have very different needs from trees. 

biomass ratios in soil
Fungi to bacteria per gram of soil

Baseline, then continued monitoring

It’s often valuable to be able to monitor your progress. SoilKind offers a way to put your progress into numbers and match those numbers to the image above which will pinpoint the soil’s current location in succession. The fungi to bacterial biomass ratio expresses the primary productivity of your soil, and as a result the level of support your soil can provide to other life – plants, animals and fungi. Sometimes the plants alone can’t tell you this (for example if grazing pressure is high and the plants simply aren’t there). 

Duncan will analyse samples from Perthshire, or any region that borders Perthshire – including Argyll.  Those looking to get bio analysis from further north should contact (based in Inverness) samples form further south in Scotland should contact (based in Roxburghshire)  

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