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Symbiosis of Lamiaceae and fruit trees/shrubs?

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Hi there, just joined the Permies! First topic though..

I watched a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfqNL54PJak (It's in german) and at 13:00 it's mentioned that Mediterranean herbs and mints, so Lamiaceae, connect with their roots to roots of fruit trees and shrubs. And the essential oils in the herbs are transferred to the fruit trees helping to prevent mold.
Anyone of you heard about this before? And if its true is it only the mint family doing this or could you use any plant with essential oils to achieve this prevention. Also do roots of different plants connect anyway, or just some?
 
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Tristan Mutzen wrote:Hi there, just joined the Permies! First topic though..

I watched a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfqNL54PJak (It's in german) and at 13:00 it's mentioned that Mediterranean herbs and mints, so Lamiaceae, connect with their roots to roots of fruit trees and shrubs. And the essential oils in the herbs are transferred to the fruit trees helping to prevent mold.
Anyone of you heard about this before? And if its true is it only the mint family doing this or could you use any plant with essential oils to achieve this prevention. Also do roots of different plants connect anyway, or just some?



Hopefully, someone with a little more experience will chime in here.  We only know the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the interconnections between plants, bugs, and other critters.   The amount of activity in a handful of healthy soil is almost unfathomable.

The only way you can find out how a certain trio or companion planting will work is through trial, error, and observation.

  I have heard that mint is good to keep some pests at bay but I'm not sure about root connections, it wouldn't surprise me though.  I planted mint, among other things, with all of my fruit trees this year.  It is too early to tell how they will affect the health of the tree.

The best way to maximize interconnectedness is with biodiversity.  I don't think you have to know all of the connections just start and see what happens.
 
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I also have mint. I eat it, but also, I use it because it is good attractor for pollinators.  That's a really interesting finding and I would love to hear more about it.
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