Amazing Plant Helpers
As a market gardener, I get to see some pretty cool things on a daily basis. Today's Cool Thing is in this photo:
Beautiful silvery-blue ribbons of mycorrhizal fungi, threading between these young pepper plants.
Transferring nutrients, releasing nutrients to plants, benefiting the plants in myriad ways (including: binding potential toxins in garden soil)...
These seeds were planted in potting soil that was inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi. The fungal strands were visible within 1-2 days of moistening the soil and planting the seeds!
There is an obvious difference in the plants grown in the fungi-inoculated soil: they are healthier, greener, more vigorous.
A closeup of the fungi threads in the photos above & below. You can see the network of threads, with finer and finer strands branching out into a near-invisible web.
Another version of the mycorrhizal fungi in the photo below. Here, it is like a thin mat, but similar benefits to the plants.
In fact, some types of fungi are essential for truly healthy plants, because they are a part of truly healthy soil (and top-quality compost).
Beneficial fungi are an essential part of biological and regenerative agriculture that we practice here. They play a definite role in producing delicious,nutrient-dense, high Brix food - and that is our ultimate goal.
Yay for fungi!