While researching mycorrhiza I came upon many exotic methods designed to grow the fungus and inoculate your garden with it.
The at home cannabis growers are obsessed with mycorrhiza.
Then this one popped out:LINK to download pdf file.
So easy. So logical. So inspiring.
It's like making sourdough bread -- but without have to bake.
I know this approach is followed in parts of Africa.
...and it features as host my fav allium which I grow in quantity:spring onions. Who would have thought?
This is a method of inoculating your plants with beneficial fungi. You can make your own from your own local soil. The soil that you make will be rich in beneficial fungi. This will be the ‘inoculum’. It takes about an hour or less to set up and is very simple to maintain.
- What are mycorrhiza?
- How do you know if a particular plant species can be a host to this type of fungus?
- Results that you can expect Method for making a mycorrhizal inoculum - Collecting your ‘Starter Soil’
- Multiplying the mycorrhiza
- Maintaining your trap-pots or trough - Three months later...
- Using the inoculum
Things to consider when setting up a trial - Inoculating
- Setting up a trial
- Designing the trial How to record progress
Of interest is the host comboes: grassy species (eg maize, millet, sorghum, oats, wheat) or an allium (onion, leek), with a species of legume (beans, peas, lentils, alfalfa, clover).
But more broadly I note that aloe vera sponsors a particular species of mycorrhiza and that vetiver grass is a keen mycorrhiza parent. So the options are there to transpose your gardening approach in another direction.
Rather exciting...and I think less confusing that some of the usual inoculant approaches.
En route I came upon this delightful commentary vid: The Perfect Soil - Forget about compost piles!which seriously reminds us that sometimes we can't see the wood for the trees. After all, x million of Indian farmers can't be wrong.
And besides, the fun of flinging cow dung at a wall seems a great hobby!
Great idea, I just need a cow the size of a medium dog