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mycorrhizae - inoculation with commercial culture or ?  RSS feed

 
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Folks,

My non-permie advisor uses a commercial mycorrhizal culture to inoculate disturbed/pitiful areas. I would use compost but I don't really have any yet. I am working with a pretty crappy soil culture.

Has anyone used these? I went in through the Evil Empire link so Paul will be stoked...

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I may use to inoculate my (few) compost sites. Really, just advice on how to start. All the threads I have seen talk about using comfrey, nettle, manure mix, etc. Here is the most recent.  I am trying to jump start fertility on acres of hardpan. I have seeds in and they are doing so-so, but I want to have a huge carbon harvest this spring/summer, and I am willing to pay the $40 if that will save a couple years getting the process rolling.

I was planning on getting out there with a sprayer/spreader and inoculating big areas just before a rain. We are talking about a few acres, so not really able to bring in mulch material and I'm sort of against it out of principle. This seems like the lowest impact way of making it happen, IF if works. The only stuff doing well right now is the daikons and perennial rye. I've had poor germination from my N fixers and the ones in the fields have no nodules, so I was thinking of inoculating with an appropriate fixation culture at the same time. People before were poisoning the place with phosphates...

 
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i haven't used that exact one, but i have used myco inoculates before with successs.

Your idea of inoculating the area before a rain is good, but i would inoculate AND sow seed before the rains.

 
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Like Kevin mentions, mychorrizal fungi and inoculation only work on either bare root plants or seeds for best results.
A mycorrhizal culture would be activated mycorrhizae and would work best by dipping bare root plants into the solution just prior to planting out.

mycorrhizae live inside and between plant root cells, here they process minerals and other nutrients and make it possible for the roots to draw these items into and up the plant systemic system.

It is possible to add mycorrhizae to already planted trees and plants it takes about 2 gallons (8 liters) of solution per square foot of soil surface to get good connections this way.

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Sound advice, both. Thanks for your input. I'm going to do this and the zaikultuur, in a sort of controlled fashion. I will post some pictures when I get them...
 
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