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Unless there is valid evidence against this line of thinking, I'm going to go with this idea of fungi via wood chips to correct/heal contaminated soil.

Perhaps it's a good idea to post a link to the wood chip thread for others who might need help w similar problems.  
- http://www.permies.com/t/57702/mulch/girl-free-wood-chips
2 years ago
Hmmmm?   Im concerned with Round Up / Glysophates, not petro dirivitives; howevr, this seemed practical and easier given the above statements and video  of P Stamets. Marco Banks posted on another thread: "The wood chips will help remediate any chemicals that have leached from those ties over the years.  Wood chips are the perfect medium to build fungal networks, and fungi bind and render inert all manor of harmful stuff.  I don't know the specifics of creosote leaching (or any other chemical common to railroad ties) but paul stamets has done (and continues to do) all sorts of research on mushroom remediation of brown-fields, hydrocarbons, and other toxic stuff found in soils.  You may want to look into his various products or just his research.  If you can innoculate the wood chips over the place where the ties used to sit, it might give you peace of mind knowing that the fungal community is busy cleaning things up for you and making your soil healthy."
2 years ago

Jd Gonzalez wrote:Consider a mix of green cover crops sych as radishes, cow peas, buckwheat and such. Either chop and drop or let winter take care of the plants.Increasing biomass speeds microorganism and fungal activity that will help breakdown chemicals in the soil. Once the soil is carbon rich, life,including worms, will return.



Thanks for the reply.  So, could I mow some grass and dump the clippings on top of garden beds?  We are in dead of winter and I want to plant my garden by September.   By the way, Im in the southern hemisphere - way south.  

The charcoal thing sounds interesting but there seems to be a mix of opinion.  ..  And would that even help a glyphosate problem?
2 years ago
Hello, newbie here.  I live in a country w very little govt regs or orientation on Round Up use and so it is abused as the easy fix for weeds.  I suspect my soil is contaminated.  The land we bought had been used for corn and was heavily soaked w glyphosate.  While digging fence post holes I found 0 earth worms.  In the past potato crops were pathetic.

My question:  How long does G. stay in the soil? What can be done to correct the soil in this case?
2 years ago