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Marj Baker
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Does anyone else use mycorrhizal fungi as a soil amendment and what is your opinion?
 
David Hartley
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Yes...

A healthy soil that remains full of growing annuals and perrenials throughout the year should/will be chuck full of such loveliness

However; if turning dirt into soil (or the soil is young or was recently disturbed), then innoculation is desirable. This is best done by dusting an ideal mix with ideal seeds at time of sowing.
 
Marj Baker
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I recently rebuilt my entire yard, the house I bought was owned by a very old man who did a lot of damage including rototilling the entire yard, he left it all lumps and bumps, his composter contained his nitro medication, his dentures and a set of silverware, so he wasn't quite right. half the yard was moss due to his using the wrong chemicals, and walnut trees growing all over. quite the disaster, I killed off the moss and what grass was here with vinegar and iron, leveled the lawn, moved all the good plants, reseeded the grass, spread myke and blood meal as suggested by my soil test and 3 weeks later have cut my new grass, I plan on staying organic. We bought a farm once that had been sprayed so many times with atrazine by the previous owners that nothing would grow and all the beneficial creatures were gone., no more chemicals for me, after seeing the damage they do.
 
David Hartley
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If growing a lawn type grass, might I suggest a dwarf/mini white clover... An example can be found here: http://www.outsidepride.com/seed/clover-seed/miniclover.html
 
Marj Baker
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Yes there is white clover in the mix I bought, I love clover, my lawn is doing great, and the flowers are doing wonderfully.
 
Marj Baker
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I will look into the mini clover at my local store, that looks fantastic, thanks for the suggestion.
 
John Saltveit
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Check out David Dodd's work at Rodale, and a you tube video on Growing mycorrhizal fungi.

I grew wheat, spelt, buckwheat, dipped it into mycorrizal fungi mix from fungi perfecti (also available from others). It needs to grow on living roots. Then I planted the wheat etc. at the base of the trees in my food forest. The mycorrhizal mix connects from the wheat roots to your tree, then into your soil. It will also naturally grow with Fukuoka style no till growth, but more slowly.
John S
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