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Bryant RedHawk wrote:Sorry it took so long to get back to this thread.

About the fungi and electricity.

Fungi respond to the electrical impulses that plants give off sometimes in conjunction with a release of exudates, by letting these impulses travel along the mycelium threads, this seems to signal bacteria and other organisms that are far away to come to where the signal originated.
This means that many more bacteria can come to service a plant than what would be in the immediate vicinity of the plant.
Fungi also respond to the electric charges that we call lightening in much the same way, so far I have been able to record the event and the strength of the charge but I still have to find out the maximum distance and which if any bacteria respond.
It is also possible that along with a lightening charge dispersal there could be a response to the accompanying ozone which is created by the lightening.
Since I am in the process of the work, I really can't say much more at this time.


Dr. Redhawk,

Thank you for your post. I want to apologize for replying so late, but I suppose being on permies I should assume you would be proud of me for being outside instead. I have been thinking on your response for a long time now and greatly appreciate your research. I look forward to your book
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Jay Angler wrote:Bryant Redhawk wrote:

Almost never do those who write about compost heap making remember to bring up soil as a component of a good compost heap.

It's worse than that Dr. Redhawk. I remember reading at least two sources of composting instructions saying specifically to *never* add soil to one's compost heap. Since I've never been very impressed with my composting efforts, we're going to try your way!  Thanks!

I was also taught not to add soil to a compost heap.  The reason being that the microbes and other life working in garden soil are adapted to working at soil temperatures, not the warmer temperatures generated while compost is actively decomposing.  So adding soil would slow it down.  My heap, I'd add, is contained and lidded, and populated by tiger worms.  I'll have to have a think about this!  
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