I'm new here in all senses of the word, but am a big fan of micro-biology in recent years, taking quickly to fermenting pickles, acchars, and sourdoughs and drinking raw milk/kombucha/"compost" teas for the human body, and now thinking hard about how to replicate this in my gardening and farming activities. I wonder whether the impasse between Charlotte and Marco might be in attributing the "soil eating" (casual speak) to bacteria rather than fungi mycorrhizal networks.
I enjoyed reading this work about the micro-mining operations of mycorrhizae which was originally posted in Scientific American a few months ago, but now has been taken down. I found it on the blogspot:
Quite enjoying this thread -- and the compost recipes. Thanks!
Best to you all.