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I can't believe how many squash this one plant is producing, it gets a picking every 3 to 4 days, and still more come.
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Barbara, I've had 2 squash go to maturity (below, with rain gauge behind). I've picked the smaller of the 2, and will open this and check the state of the seeds. They feel very hard/solid on the outside.
Maybe there is more to it than I thought, Rob. It is good to hear how other gardeners are trying different things to improve their soils, and I am hoping that the soil in this yard, which has been looked after by one nurturing gardener before me for about 50 years, will do the job. I like your words "leap of faith" and thanks for your offer of a cup of soil. As they say- bring forth and multiply.
Barbara, it's nice to have a good local place like it, I love the big Jade Perch they have in their aquaponics.
Hi Christa, it looks like I channeled your questions while I was writing the previous response. The biggest shrug of shoulders I have with this one is the requirement to have a microbiologist and lab available in order to know for sure that the microbes are living (shortly or a long time after application) ... it had to turn into a leap of faith that they're (or at least some of them) are there, for me.
EM Bucket sharing sounds like a good idea, and I'll bring a 'leap of faith' bucket along to the next GV.
A theory I have for an advantage of the full inoculation would be, that the full spectrum of spores are available for wider range of possible living conditions on initial application from the direct product. I might have more GW before the next GV and if this is the case, I will bring a few samples from the main jar along for Elaine and yourself.
I do wonder if some of these EM produce visible fruiting bodies (like/or mushrooms & toadstools) and maybe a more simple spore print or similar test could prove at least existence of some EM to the home gardener.
Aqua Gardening looks like an interesting place to visit. It's local to me so I think I''ll make a trip down there.
Hi Barbara, I'm curious what a mature squash looks like, so I'll let one go and find out.
Hi Elaine, I should have said EM because there seem to be 2 fungi that can be abbreviated to it ...
Endomycorrhiza & Ectomycorrhiza, (I'm no expert, I'm still and always reading about all this stuff).
The inoculation I have used to date is Great White which I bought at Aqua Gardening. A little bit goes a long way. I'm hoping that the broad range of microbes available in this, will cover for a wide range of environments (including the wetter ones like wetter roots of plants in lower areas of the wicking beds).
I think the instructions invite re-application on same plant/growing platform regularly which is something I have not done to date, and will avoid doing (I'm using the motto, if the little guys die out under normal circumstances they should not be there).
Here's a listing of the EM, Bacteria and other in Great White ...
EndomycorrhizaGlomus aggregatum – 83 props per gramGlomus intraradices – 83 props per gramGlomus mosseae – 83 props per gramGlomus etunicatum – 83 props per gramGlomus clarum – 11 props per gramGlomus monosporum – 11 props per gramParaglomus brazilianum – 11 props per gramGlomus deserticola – 11 props per gramGigaspora margarita – 11 props per gram
EctomycorrhizaPisolithus tinctorious – 187,875 propagules per gramRhizopogon luteolus – 5,219 props per gramRhizopogon fulvigleba – 5,219 props per gramRhizopogon villosullus – 5,219 props per gramRhizopogon amylopogon – 5,219 props per gramScleroderma citrinum – 5,219 props per gramScleroderma cepa – 5,219 props per gram
BacteriaAzotobacter chroococcum – 525,000 CFU’s per gramBacillus subtilis – 525,000 CFU’s per gramBacillus licheniformis – 525,000 CFU’s per gramBacillus azotoformans – 525,000 CFU’s per gramBacillus megaterium – 525,000 CFU’s per gramBacillus coagulans – 525,000 CFU’s per gramBacillus pumilus – 525,000 CFU’s per gramBacillus thuringiensis – 525,000 CFU’s per gramBacillus amyloliquefaciens – 525,000 CFU’s per gramPaenibacillus durum – 525,000 CFU’s per gramPaenibacillus polymyxa – 525,000 CFU’s per gramSaccharomyces cerevisiae – 525,000 CFU’s per gramPseudomonas aureofaciens – 525,000 CFU’s per gramPseudomonas fluorescens – 525,000 CFU’s per gram
Trichoderma koningii-187,875 CFU’s per gramTrichoderma harzianum-125,250 CFU’s per gram
Other IngredientsGlycineVitamin package
After reading the info on Ecto and Endo, I am confused, is it a new thing in gardening. I read about Myco and thought about it but I thought it a bit expensive, and thought, oh no, is this another thing I have to buy, Is this a once only product and does it remain living in the soil, or is it a food for the fungi in the soil. Does it stay in the soil and grow or does it need replacing regularly. If this is the case, we could share a bucket of soil between us BLFers and spread it around. Questions, questions, questions.
Will you let it set some seed later on, do you think? Or are the little squash just too good? Will be interested to see if the melons do just as well in the same area. What I like is that the plant is putting its energy into fruit instead of just producing big leaves - is this because of the microbes?
What is this ecto-whatsis stuff you use, Rob? I now there's lots of microbes around now. I'd settle for something used and loved by a practical gardener here. Lissa - I never was able to find that website to buy the stuff you use and now I have forgotten its name.
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