• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Mike Jay
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Miles Flansburg
garden masters:
  • Dan Boone
  • Dave Burton
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Shawn Klassen-Koop
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Mike Barkley

Microbial inoculants

 
pollinator
Posts: 660
Location: 6a
153
dog forest garden hugelkultur trees woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Is there a DIY method for inoculating seeds?    Do you inoculate annual vegetable seeds or just nitrogen fixers?  Is this even necessary?
 
master pollinator
Posts: 2815
Location: Toronto, Ontario
314
bee dog forest garden fungi homestead hugelkultur cooking rabbit trees urban wofati
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hey Scott.

Whether it is necessary or not depends on the vitality of your soil's microbiome. If your soil is a microbiological party with a tonne of macrobiota coming over for the buffet, you have no need of anything.

If your soil isn't already a happening place, however, I suggest you look at some of the material available on this site. Bryant Redhawk has a couple of threads on soil that are really helpful.

One topic he deals with in detail is the creation and use of compost extracts. These are added after the soil has enough organic matter and has been amended to deal with any issues of drainage or nutrient or mineral insufficiency, not to mention pH.

I think that the inoculated nitrogen-fixing bacteria host crop seeds are inoculated because if you don't already have the bacteria in your soil, they won't just magically get there because you planted a nitrogen-fixing bacteria host. So in that way, in depleted soil, you are better off going the inoculated route.

But I think the best path is probably looking into making your soil as chock-full of life as you can. That will cover all bases.

-CK
 
Scott Foster
pollinator
Posts: 660
Location: 6a
153
dog forest garden hugelkultur trees woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thanks for the info Chris!
 
I will open the floodgates of his own worst nightmare! All in a tiny ad:
Intrinsic: An Agriculture of Altered Chaos
https://permies.com/t/95922/Intrinsic-Agriculture-Altered-Chaos
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!