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Post  sfg4uKim on 10/13/2013, 9:03 am

Has anyone researched mychorrhizae fungi?  Any thoughts? 

MYCHORRHIZAE FUNGI

Summary:

Miles of Mycorrhizae in One Thimbleful of Soil
The name mycorrhiza literally means fungus-root.  These fungi form a symbiotic relationship with the plant, colonizing the roots and sending extremely fine filaments far out into the soil that act as root extensions. Not only do these networks sound the alarm about invaders, but the filaments are more effective in nutrient and water absorption than the plant roots themselves—mycorrhizae increase the nutrient absorption of the plant 100 to 1,000 times.

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Post  landarch on 10/13/2013, 9:12 am

Using Mychorrhizae for shrub and tree plantings is typical in the landscape industry...the local garden center sells two types...one for shrubs and trees and one for the veggie garden...they recommended using the shrub and tree mix for everything since it contained more types of "myke".  I had some left over from planting a tree so I used it on my tomato transplants last year...couldn't really tell a difference.

Since I couldn't tell a difference, I skip the extra expense.

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Post  littlejo on 10/13/2013, 11:23 am

This fungus is fine, helpful in the garden, but you have to keep adding if if you stir or til the soil. Mixing the soil will kill this fungus.
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Post  southern gardener on 10/13/2013, 12:51 pm

Thanks for the great information and vids. It really makes a lot of sense. When we visited the Back to Eden garden a few weeks ago, Paul talks about this happening naturally in his garden. Not from a scientific standpoint, but how it just "happens". I think it's very interesting, and I want to try and incorporate it in our gardens. Makes sense not to til up your gardens and disrupt all that's going on in our soils. Thanks again!!

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Post  sanderson on 1/13/2016, 9:50 pm

interesting article. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/dying-trees-can-send-food-to-neighbors-of-different-species/

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Post  Kelejan on 1/14/2016, 12:01 am

Sitting on my computer desk right now is a packet of soluble mycorrhizae from Fungi Pefecti.  I will be putting it on my wood chips this spring.

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Post  sanderson on 1/14/2016, 2:28 am

I need to add more compost and wood chips to the flower beds. Where did last year's compost and chips go?? thinking

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Post  Kelejan on 1/14/2016, 8:40 am

My wood chips order last April never arrived.  I will have to try again this year.

Meanwhile, as Paul says, I use what i can get, mainly fall leaves and any bits of decomposing wood small enough that I can pick up on my dog walks. I generally carry a plastic shopping bag in my pockets.

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Post  plantoid on 1/14/2016, 7:50 pm

It's magic , a pinch down each transplant hole , pop th plant in the hole , back fill & water .

It  has given me some massive root systems on all trans-planted veg , shrubs & flowers ....  inside or out side the glasshouse.

On all the granular  packs I have used it says " DO NOT MIX THIS IN THE SOIL THERE IS NO NEED .

Evidently the fungi feed on the soil and spread their mycellium ( sp ) aka  Fungal roots )  through out the soil for several feet , breaking down the soil , manures & fibres etc into quality plant nutrients.

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Post  littlesapphire on 1/19/2016, 7:17 pm

There's a documentary I saw last year call (if I remember this correctly) The Secret Lives of Plants.  It was fascinating!  And it talked about the symbiotic relationship between plants and fungus.  It one case, scientists have found that the fungus in the soil acted as communication wires for the trees in a forest, and the trees could send nutrients to their "children" through the fungus.  How cool is that?  I think there's so much about plants that we don't know yet.

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Post  Kelejan on 1/19/2016, 7:21 pm

It's whole other world, little  saphhire.  This is something our ancestors could never have dreamed of.

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