Bryant RedHawk

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Part Nakota, part Irish. The Nakota took over long ago but still lives in two worlds, the European world and the first people's world. He lives on a small (15 + acres) piece of mother earth deep in the woods. Was trained in the cooper's arts as a child, since the family owned a cooperage. He has been a carpenter, and timber wright but love all aspects of farming.He holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology and a MS in Horticulture. Worked for the USDA for 16 years. Currently working on his PHD in Microbiology, the thesis is plant communication through the micro-biosphere network. Redhawk and his wife Wolf are setting up to be fully self sustaining, growing all their own foods and collecting rain water. "Soon we will be self sustaining and closer to being off the grid" he said when asked about future plans. They continue their own research both in Agriculture and soils with the hope to make the world more like it used to be, before mankind began screwing up the Earth Mother. This is the only way humankind will survive, we must fix what we have broken.
Vilonia, Arkansas - Zone 7B/8A stoney, sandy loam soil pH 6.5
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you can use both the flower (aerial tubers) and the root (actual yam) they have different flavors (both pretty dang awesome to my pallet).
Good call Joylynn, I have been in contact with Denise about that very thing.

2 days ago
Dang, I love all the huckleberry varieties, now I'm jealous.
Indeed, you have exactly what you need to do a superior soil inoculation there.
Try to get the inoculating soil touching the roots of the in need bush, that shortens the time period for the fungi to get to work.

2 days ago
That is also known as Shan Yao, one of the true Yams and it is very good food.
I would grow it, it also is a medicinal and the flavor is very nice.

I first found out about this yam from a Japanese family that lived across the street from me in California.
He and I exchanged a lot of methods and techniques over a 4 year period (I even worked at his nursery for a year).

Remember the leaves oppose directly across from each other on the edible species of true yams.

First off, the mushroom slurries will go a long way at getting those trees much healthier and the addition of the fungal hyphae will provide more of the minerals that are in the soil but not currently water soluble.
When your compost gets ready, you can make an aerated tea (do not use molasses for a food, just leave that out please, we are wanting an 8 to 1 fungi to bacteria ratio) and you can spray that on the soil and all over the trees to give them the immune system boost.
Once the soil fungi get a good foot hold around the trees they will not be nearly as prone to have leaves crisp up or any of the other issues fruit trees can have.

By getting your soil biology up to par, you won't need to worry about soil testing, the minerals and other nutrients are in the soil all over the planet, it is just a matter of getting the biology right to release them for the plants to take up.

Remember kola Nicole, if you have a question, I will answer it to the best of my ability.

This years weather got most all of the fruit trees I think. Ours only set a few fruits each.

2 days ago
I wanted to bump this thread to find out if you solved the tree problem Nicole.
If you didn't I might have some new methods for you to try.

2 days ago

Annie Collins wrote:

Bryant RedHawk wrote:
The organisms we want in our soil are all aerobic organisms, they die, or go dormant without oxygen being present.

So then if one wanted to use kambucha or kefir to add bacteria to the soil, it should be aerated first I assume.

Yes, you want to have air contact all the bacteria so the bad guys will start dying off, we are fortunate that those can't survive well in an O2 atmosphere.

2 days ago

Nicole Alderman wrote:We made the mushroom slurry! The kids were really excited about it, and wanted to pour it on the garden, too. I gave my son a measuring cup, and he dumped his one two different places, and then wanted more! My 1.5 year old daughter got a little plastic tea cup...and promptly spilled half of it on the driveway, and dumped the rest somewhere else...and instantly wanted more! I gave them both seconds--my son put his on one of his corn sprouts *sploosh!* I have no idea where my daughter deposited her's--probably in the lawn! Due to their rather ineffective--but very enthusiastic--"helping" I went inside to make a second batch so I could actually get some under my fruit trees. And, of course, they all wanted more to pour out, and they of course got some :D.

Who knew mushroom slurries could be so much fun! My son even drank some :-D Mmmm, oyster mushroom slurry!

Don't forget that your compost heaps will love a little drink too! It sounds like the kids were having great fun and doing your soil good at the same time. Woot!

The blue berries are very tuned into mycorrhizae, especially the arbuscular mycorrhizae. This particular type can be found in forests, and well growing blueberry bushes would be the ideal donor.
It takes about 1/4 cup of soil from the root system to inoculate two blueberry bushes with enough AbM to make them take off in one season of growing. From there, they will continue to get better every year.
Which reminds me that I  need to go into the forest and hunt some myco soil myself.  (if you find enough to do all your fruit trees and have some left over, you can store it in the fridge with damp paper towels to keep it moist for about 3 -4 weeks).
Sadly, mycorrhizae don't grow without roots to attach to, they don't die however, they simply hibernate. You can tell if you found some by close inspection of the roots in the soil sample (magnifying glass will work fine for this) the roots will have fine white "hairs" all around them.

2 days ago
Wow, simply wonderful thread Greg, the photos show the progression and the pit fall is a great heads up for all thinking or planning to build with cob.
I am in awe of the amount of work you two have done and are doing.

2 days ago
hau Kyle, conifers are very fungi dependent so the best way to "eat up" those leaves (needles) is with a good mushroom slurry poured on a big pile of them to make a nice fungal compost.
2 days ago