How to improve the fungal ecosystem in my garden

One of the things I thought about recently was fungi in my garden. Soil care is very important in any organic garden, but few gardeners really take the time to think about the wonderful world of fungi that play such an important role in soil ecology.

The importance of fungus in the garden

Without fungi, we would not be able to do gardening as we do. Many of the processes that we as organic gardeners rely on cannot produce a variety of mushrooms without healthy mushrooms. Fungal fibers spread through the soil, forming particles between the particles and dissolving them into plant roots. Unbreakable fungal growth chains are distributed through resistors, tying the soil together and transporting water and nutrients to where they are needed.

Specialist fungi form a microscopic activity by establishing a balanced relationship with plants – they increase the number of roots significantly. There are many other special fungi in plants that stimulate the immune system and make it more susceptible to disease and attack. But mycorrhizae is the fungal group that I was most concerned about.

Improving the fungal ecosystem with microcephaly

One of my goals in my forest garden is to protect the existing fungal population and to increase the number of useful microorganisms. These, of course, are already in the soil. In healthy gardens, most soils and plants are rich in these fungi. I want to make sure they are healthy and strong; But to prove it, I did not buy it in any micronutrient compounds.

Gardeners who plant new fruit trees are often advised to plant mycorrhizal in a hole. This is sometimes a good idea; However, mycorrhizae compounds may not be the right type for your environment and plants. There are many different types of fungi that connect and form associations with different plants. Choosing the wrong ones can do more harm than good.

Protecting the fungus population

In general, it is better to improve soil conditions than to seek ‘quick fix’ and add microspheres to the fungus. While business mixes may be helpful in a few very specific situations, there are better options in most cases.

‘Do not dig’ Following gardening practices, organic matter, overlapping and using a variety of plants and conserving the soil with minimal intervention will help create a rich and dynamic soil environment in which all fungi, plants and other vital soil organisms can grow. . It is this strategy that has worked to improve the fungal ecosystem in my forest garden.

Mushrooms grow in cedars.

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Fungal fertilizers and fungicides

Where grasses, annual grains and vegetables grow, the fungal-bacterial ratio is usually around 0: 3 to 1: 1. However, fruit trees and other forest or forest plants grow in soils with a ratio of 10: 1 to 50: 1. One of the key strategies is to ensure a fungal-dominated ecosystem, since the garden where I am going to change my forest garden was previously a well-maintained lawn with a few fruit trees.

Creating a variety of wood materials and wild biomass fungus fertilizers and fungicides helps to protect and improve the soil for microbial growth. In a closed-loop system, the small forest garden produces a lot of resources, as well as other natural woods on my property.

Since I saw fruit fungi for the first time this year on wood chip trails through a forest garden, I still believe my strategies can work – although the fungus we really want is mostly invisible.

I left a lot of wood to rot in an effort to create a better environment with different environments. Contrary to recent bacterial aerobic fertilizers, I have been trying to reduce the nitrogen content and increase the carbon content in my cold fertilizer in a forest garden. I Ramial is made of solid wood (Ramal refers to chips from small to medium branches), as well as soft wood that has been torn from the property to provide suitable conditions. I have also stopped changing the fertilizer to allow mycelium to spread in the mix and I have seen positive results so far.

By the end of this year, I plan to use this new and improved fungal fertilizer around my new forest garden. In addition to cutting and falling, the use of this fungus fertilizer will be part of my future forest gardening program.

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