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Re: mycorrhizal fungi?

    We used it when we first started because the property was new and pretty
stripped of anything useful. I think it was helpful then . Now I just use
compost to establish friendly bacteria. If you have a organic environment
they will show up and benefit your plants. They like organic soil that is
infrequently disturbed. We don't dig just top dress for the most part so our
soil is  Mycorrhizal friendly.

----- Original Message -----
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 6:33 AM
Subject: [CHAT] mycorrhizal fungi?

> Has anyone tried using a mycorrhizal fungus supplement?  I have one of
> rebate coupons from Gardens Alive, and though I have learned the hard way
> take their catalog claims with a pound of salt (moreso for their
> Audubon Workshop than for Gardens Alive itself; all you fans can stay calm
> <grin>), this product intrigues me.  They call it "root boost", and say it
> is a supplement of soil fungi that have symbiotic relationship with most
> plants, and planting some soil fungi with the plant gives the plant a big
> benefit.  Of course they have different formulas...
> What got my attention in the catalog write-up is the thought that in most
> developed areas these days the top soil, where most of these beneficial
> fungi reside, has been stripped off, so this product really could make a
> difference.
> I have a gaggle of perennials and shrubs to plant this year, and I'm
> wondering if this would be a good idea.  Some are going in areas where I
> have been working on improving the soil, some in new areas that are still
> basically clay.  It won't quite be free but even with shipping it'll still
> be under $15 and I could probably get it by next week.
> Has anyone tried it?  Any thoughts?
> Thanks,
> Libby
> Maryland zone 6
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