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Brenda Groth
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ok so some of my trees aren't doing very well, so I went into the woods and got some forest soil to innoculate the soil around some of my fruit trees, got 9 of them done..also cut some roots off my comfrey and put a root under each of those 9 fruit trees..

now we'll monitor and see if they seem to improve..some rain might help as we are in a bad drought here..i do have soaker hoses on those 9 trees, but it doesn't seem to do enough..

have any of you had any good experience with soil innoculation??
 
                                      
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i've had lots of success with bacterial innoculations in the garden, that is, compost and worm teas.

i suspect you'd get that same effect, though at a lower population density than in a hyperoxygenated tea, and with less absorbtion, as it's not in liquid. otoh, you'll have introduction of more fungal and microfauna allies, both of which are likely to be slow to work, and may not take if they don't have the microbial foodsources they need.

i think innoculation is definitely a good idea, but i'd definitely couple it with a good drenching of compost/worm tea.
 
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Ron helped dig up some more comfrey roots so more of them got planted at the base of more nut and fruit trees..hopefully they'll take.

I also moved two struggling dwarf fruit trees into my food forest garden..hope i'm not putting two many trees in there..but these probably wouldn't have done very good where they were..now they get some irrigation during the drought and get more sheet composting here then they would have where they were..

still no rain..although we had dark clouds for 3 days..
 
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