R Scott wrote:Watch "back to eden" garden, but more importantly--search on youtube for the followup Q&A and garden tours. That is where the details that make/break the system are.
The carbon will only break down when/where it can get nitrogen, so that is just the surface of the old soil and what you put on top. It will not suck up all the nitrogen down to bedrock. It will probably absorb all you try to add on top (pee or clover) so it plan accordingly.
As the biology builds up, it will convert the carbon faster. So mulch will last forever on top of dead soil, but disappear quickly on healthy soil. Adding nitrogen is part of speeding it up, but so is compost tea and biology.
Angelika Maier wrote:I like the cardboard, because it does attract mushrooms.
For the spore broth do you use shop bought mushrooms? The only edible mushrooms round here I know are slippery jack and saffron milkcaps and they only
grow under pine trees.
Frank Brentwood wrote:Thanks for continuing to feed me suggestions and ideas!!!
We have kinda settled on turning the area into a semi-naturalized spot. Possibly with a small water feature, probably with a couple of benches for sitting in the shade, definitely with native plants that are pollinator and wildlife friendly.
2) The mushroom concept really intrigues me, but I have concerns and questions. If I were to inoculate the whole area with a cocktail of mushroom spores, will they impede the other plantings? Is the whole place just going to look like some bad SyFy channel movie? "Shroompocalypse"?
Andrew Mateskon wrote: if you innoculate with Honey Mushrooms. Be careful, they spread quickly, they parasitize many useful tree species while the trees are alive, kill them, then eat up the woody remains.
Cal Burns wrote:I'm getting some mushroom compost from a local outfit to go on some wood chip piles and areas I want to build up as hugel beds to turn into good soil. What else is needed to help it rapidly break down? Have read rock dust, but with our alkaline soil and shallow topsoil till you get to limestone rock, may not be the best.