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Homemade Mycorrhizae

Posted by BeeKind12 6b (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 11, 14 at 11:49

Has anyone made their own homemade Mycorrhizae soil amendment? It's too expensive for our budget to buy in the amt. we need. There also has got to be a much simpler way to encourage it to grow where you want it to, rather than depending upon commercial products! If it travels in nature, there should be a way to encourage it to where you need it.

We have loads of edible mushrooms growing around our property, but would like this beneficial fungi to grow in our many raised beds to enhance plant development. (Beds consist mostly of compost with a hay mulch cover, and are regularly irrigated via rainwater barrels.)

Last summer we attempted transferring some fruiting mushrooms into one raised bed with no affect. Can you simply grind up dried mushrooms and sprinkle the powder onto plant roots before planting them? How about chopping up mushrooms and putting pieces into the planting hole?

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RE: Homemade Mycorrhizae

Mycorrhizae fungus is a Mother Nature natural product, the result of plant litter falling to the ground year after year and cold composting. The roots of those plants, shrubs and trees that utilize MF reach their feeder roots upward toward soil surface seeking it.

3 methods for the home gardener to make homemade Mycorrhizae:

1. In vegetable gardens- Read the writings and incorporate the gardening methods of Ruth Stout. Simple. Use hay or straw as a mulch. Never move it except to plant a row or dig a hole. Add all vegetable clippings to the mulch. Repeat year after year allowing it to cold compost and make all those varieties of MF needed for verdant veggie growth. It sounds as though you have already adopted this method. Doubtful that mushroom growth will add anything to your present mix.

2. In flower and shrub type gardens. Every fall rake and shred all leaves, woody clippings, etc. associated with those types of gardens and return the shreddings as mulch to the gardens to cold compost.

3. Every year rake and shred fallen leaves. Set aside an out-of-the-way spot where these shredded leaves can be smoothed into a pile no higher than 5" (inches) and allowed to cold compost. Grass clippings can also be added to the mix.
It helps to outline this spot with tree trunks or sections of wood. When MF is needed to add to a planting project, reach beneath this leaf pile and gently scrape along soil surface which, after a few years, should be ready for use. MF is fragile, so handle these soils gently.

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