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:

150324 myc fungi on edge

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)...

150324 myc fungi between plants

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.

150324 myc closeup web

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.

150324 myc web very closeup

Another version of the mycorrhizal fungi in the photo below. Here, it is like a thin mat, but similar benefits to the plants.

150315 mycorhyzzal matSome people hear the word "fungus" and think "eww!", but there are many beneficial types of fungus (including mushrooms!).

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!