Bryant RedHawk wrote:
Annie Collins wrote:
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
The organisms we want in our soil are all aerobic organisms, they die, or go dormant without oxygen being present.
So then if one wanted to use kambucha or kefir to add bacteria to the soil, it should be aerated first I assume.
Yes, you want to have air contact all the bacteria so the bad guys will start dying off, we are fortunate that those can't survive well in an O2 atmosphere.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:I personally feel like you would probably get enough air exposure this way, but since I tend to be anal about ciliates and other anaerobic organisms, I prefer to give at least 24 hours of O2 exposure prior to using anaerobic preparations. That is just my own quirk.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Most of the pathogenic organisms are anaerobes, which is nice for we gardeners since to reduce their numbers all we need to do is get those critters into an oxygen atmosphere.
A scoby is not going to have a lot of the undesirable organisms contained within its structure. I see no reason to not use it as a buried compost element.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:In the soil there are really no "bad" mushroom hyphae it is the fruits (the actual mushroom caps) that might be a problem.
I use a lot of different fungi fruits (I have something like 12 different species of wood eating fungi on my land and a few edibles) for making slurries.
To make a slurry a blender comes in very handy, I have an old one that is now used only for this purpose.
I fill the blender jar with the mushrooms (they do not need to be fresh) then I add water to about half way and cap and use the "Pulse" a few times then hit "Puree".
When it looks like all the mushrooms are chopped as fine as they are going to get, I turn off the machine, pour the "soup" into gallon milk jugs and go walking through the gardens or orchard drizzling the slurry around trees, through the middle of garden beds and anywhere else it looks like I need to add some.
This is something you can do anytime you have left over mushrooms that you didn't cook, dried ones work pretty well too.
One of my lands most plentiful is the turkey tail then the Jew's Ear is second to that, right now I have a few really large ones that I don't know the species of, but they will get whizzed up when I have the time, if animals don't eat them first.
Those dried oyster mushrooms are golden Nicole, especially around fruit trees, they will be super in any garden bed too.
If you have a not so great compost heap going, you can boost it by adding a little slurry to it, that will bring up the fungal side of the microbiome you are feeding in the compost heap.
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