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beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizal fungus

May 01, 2012

This is interesting information especially for those starting a new garden plot.

Howard Garrett Weekly E-Newsletter

 

 

Importance of Beneficial Bacteria and Mycorrhizal Fungus.

I am not seeing beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizal products in some retail stores. That’s too bad because inoculating plants with living organisms is a key to early production of both landscaping and food crops. As the Dirt Doctor, it is my job to help you improve your understanding of organic soil enhancement and to show you how to use tools like fish hydrolysate and beneficial microbe products

.What are Mycorrhizae?

“Mycor” and “rhiza” literally means “fungus” and “root” and defines the mutually beneficial relationship between the plant and root fungus. These specialized fungi colonize plant roots and extend far into the soil. Mycorrhizal fungal filaments in the soil are extensions of root systems and are more effective in nutrient and water absorption than the roots themselves. More than 90 percent of plant species in natural areas form a symbiotic relationship with the beneficial mycorrhizal fungi. (Dr. Michael Amarathus)Mycorrhizal fungi will form on the roots of plants naturally if organic techniques and products are used, but it takes some time. To greatly speed up the process, microbe products can be purchased and used. Some products have a wide range of species and work in all soils from acid sandy soils to alkaline clay soils. Some products on the market only have few species and don't work in all soils.

For a listing of recommended mycorrhizal products that research has proven to be the best, check out the following: THRIVE, Plant Success and Thicker Pasture.

Ask for these products in your Independent Garden Center or buy them at the Natural Organic Warehouse (NOW). You can read more about mycorrhizal fungi in the new book Organic Manual for the Professional.
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Here are three more reliable companies that supply microbial innoculants online. I am going to give our local nurseries the link to this page so that they can bring living soil into focus for gardeners. Some nursery employees knew the concept because our arborists use innoculants that are beneficial for trees. And one of them makes high quality compost tea for the Sustainability Center store. There's more home-gardener-sized products & info at these links - just a general idea ... http://www.bountifulgardens.org/products.asp?dept=9 Rooter's Mycorrhizae A proprietary water-soluble blend of 8 mycorrhizal fungi selected for a broad spectrum of plants, media and environments. Will optimize available nutrients, reduce the need for water, and help germination and early growth. Mycorrhizae will harmonize with the plant's root system and can greatly expand the surface area of the root mass. Improves most plants' growth and vigor. Promotes environmental resistance to disease, pests, heat and drought. For soil or as a spray. One teaspoon per gallon; one pound cannister makes about 95 gallons. NOTE: Due to weight, shipping will be charged at the "mixed orders" rate rather than at the "seeds/inoculants" rate. In Stock $12.95 Root Zone Beneficial Microbes We always recommend home-made compost for enlivening the soil and bringing the microbial population back to a healthy state. However, all the spectrum of beneficial microbes might not yet be present at your site. Mycorrhizal fungus networks reduce the need for water and optimize nutrients. This is a blend of mycorrhizal fungi, 19 strains of beneficial bacteria, humic acid and kelp meal. It is added to the soil when planting at the rate of a half teaspoon or so per plant, so 8 ounces will go a long way. 8 ounce jar. In Stock $10.45 http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/detailedCategoryDisplay.aspx?id=620 Merch, Stocked All Purpose Inoculant $11.99 Contains Rhizobium leguminosarum vicaeo, phaseoli, and bradyrhizobium sp. Minimum. 200 million of each species. Treats up to 55 lbs of garden beans, garden peas, sweet peas, lima beans, cowpeas or peanuts. Merch, Stocked Rooters Mycorrhizae $14.99 A granular mycorrhizal blend that can be used with any soil or media to enhance nutrient uptake. Mycorrhizal fungi create a network around the fine feeder roots of plants and orchestrate the absorption of nutrients. 95% of all plant species are benefited by the presence of endo- and ecto- mycorrhizae. We recommend adding to seedling mixes to establish colonies prior to transplanting. 1 Pound. Merch, Stocked Rooters Mycorrhizae A granular mycorrhizal blend that can be used with any soil or media to enhance nutrient uptake. Mycorrhizal fungi create a network around the fine feeder roots of plants and orchestrate the absorption of nutrients. 95% of all plant species are benefited by the presence of endo- and ecto- mycorrhizae. We recommend adding to seedling mixes to establish colonies prior to transplanting. 1 Pound. http://www.gardensalive.com/category.asp?c=11 Alive!™ Soil Activator Alive!™ revitalizes poor soil by providing the beneficial bacteria and fungi necessary for maximum plant growth. $9.95 Compost Alive® Activator with Quick-Start™ Compost Inoculant Compost Alive!'s all-natural mix combines specially selected micronutrients and naturally occurring bacteria and fungi. $9.95 Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons™ Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons from Gardens Alive!® are convenient and easy to add to your garden soil. $14.95 http://www.bountifulgardens.org/products.asp?dept=9 Rooter's Mycorrhizae A proprietary water-soluble blend of 8 mycorrhizal fungi selected for a broad spectrum of plants, media and environments. Will optimize available nutrients, reduce the need for water, and help germination and early growth. Mycorrhizae will harmonize with the plant's root system and can greatly expand the surface area of the root mass. Improves most plants' growth and vigor. Promotes environmental resistance to disease, pests, heat and drought. For soil or as a spray. One teaspoon per gallon; one pound cannister makes about 95 gallons. NOTE: Due to weight, shipping will be charged at the "mixed orders" rate rather than at the "seeds/inoculants" rate. In Stock $12.95 Root Zone Beneficial Microbes We always recommend home-made compost for enlivening the soil and bringing the microbial population back to a healthy state. However, all the spectrum of beneficial microbes might not yet be present at your site. Mycorrhizal fungus networks reduce the need for water and optimize nutrients. This is a blend of mycorrhizal fungi, 19 strains of beneficial bacteria, humic acid and kelp meal. It is added to the soil when planting at the rate of a half teaspoon or so per plant, so 8 ounces will go a long way. 8 ounce jar. In Stock $10.45 http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/detailedCategoryDisplay.aspx?id=620 Merch, Stocked All Purpose Inoculant $11.99 Contains Rhizobium leguminosarum vicaeo, phaseoli, and bradyrhizobium sp. Minimum. 200 million of each species. Treats up to 55 lbs of garden beans, garden peas, sweet peas, lima beans, cowpeas or peanuts. Merch, Stocked Rooters Mycorrhizae $14.99 A granular mycorrhizal blend that can be used with any soil or media to enhance nutrient uptake. Mycorrhizal fungi create a network around the fine feeder roots of plants and orchestrate the absorption of nutrients. 95% of all plant species are benefited by the presence of endo- and ecto- mycorrhizae. We recommend adding to seedling mixes to establish colonies prior to transplanting. 1 Pound. Merch, Stocked Rooters Mycorrhizae A granular mycorrhizal blend that can be used with any soil or media to enhance nutrient uptake. Mycorrhizal fungi create a network around the fine feeder roots of plants and orchestrate the absorption of nutrients. 95% of all plant species are benefited by the presence of endo- and ecto- mycorrhizae. We recommend adding to seedling mixes to establish colonies prior to transplanting. 1 Pound. http://www.gardensalive.com/category.asp?c=11 Alive!™ Soil Activator Alive!™ revitalizes poor soil by providing the beneficial bacteria and fungi necessary for maximum plant growth. $9.95 Compost Alive® Activator with Quick-Start™ Compost Inoculant Compost Alive!'s all-natural mix combines specially selected micronutrients and naturally occurring bacteria and fungi. $9.95 Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons™ Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons from Gardens Alive!® are convenient and easy to add to your garden soil. $14.95
The links > http://www.bountifulgardens.org/products.asp?dept=9 Rooter's Mycorrhizae A proprietary water-soluble blend of 8 mycorrhizal fungi selected for a broad spectrum of plants, media and environments. Will optimize available nutrients, reduce the need for water, and help germination and early growth. Mycorrhizae will harmonize with the plant's root system and can greatly expand the surface area of the root mass. Improves most plants' growth and vigor. Promotes environmental resistance to disease, pests, heat and drought. For soil or as a spray. One teaspoon per gallon; one pound cannister makes about 95 gallons. NOTE: Due to weight, shipping will be charged at the "mixed orders" rate rather than at the "seeds/inoculants" rate. In Stock $12.95 Root Zone Beneficial Microbes We always recommend home-made compost for enlivening the soil and bringing the microbial population back to a healthy state. However, all the spectrum of beneficial microbes might not yet be present at your site. Mycorrhizal fungus networks reduce the need for water and optimize nutrients. This is a blend of mycorrhizal fungi, 19 strains of beneficial bacteria, humic acid and kelp meal. It is added to the soil when planting at the rate of a half teaspoon or so per plant, so 8 ounces will go a long way. 8 ounce jar. In Stock $10.45 http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/detailedCategoryDisplay.aspx?id=620 Merch, Stocked All Purpose Inoculant $11.99 Contains Rhizobium leguminosarum vicaeo, phaseoli, and bradyrhizobium sp. Minimum. 200 million of each species. Treats up to 55 lbs of garden beans, garden peas, sweet peas, lima beans, cowpeas or peanuts. Merch, Stocked Rooters Mycorrhizae $14.99 A granular mycorrhizal blend that can be used with any soil or media to enhance nutrient uptake. Mycorrhizal fungi create a network around the fine feeder roots of plants and orchestrate the absorption of nutrients. 95% of all plant species are benefited by the presence of endo- and ecto- mycorrhizae. We recommend adding to seedling mixes to establish colonies prior to transplanting. 1 Pound. Merch, Stocked Rooters Mycorrhizae A granular mycorrhizal blend that can be used with any soil or media to enhance nutrient uptake. Mycorrhizal fungi create a network around the fine feeder roots of plants and orchestrate the absorption of nutrients. 95% of all plant species are benefited by the presence of endo- and ecto- mycorrhizae. We recommend adding to seedling mixes to establish colonies prior to transplanting. 1 Pound. http://www.gardensalive.com/category.asp?c=11 Alive!™ Soil Activator Alive!™ revitalizes poor soil by providing the beneficial bacteria and fungi necessary for maximum plant growth. $9.95 Compost Alive® Activator with Quick-Start™ Compost Inoculant Compost Alive!'s all-natural mix combines specially selected micronutrients and naturally occurring bacteria and fungi. $9.95 Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons™ Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons from Gardens Alive!® are convenient and easy to add to your garden soil. $14.95
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