Jim McKenney and Fungi

totototo@telus.net totototo@telus.net
Sun, 29 Mar 2009 22:17:26 PDT
[With a subject line like that, who will be able to resist?]

In her book "Gardening and Beyond", Florence Bellis discussed the question of 
compost and microbial life in the soil. She suggested that compost is best used 
when only partially decomposed, so it will support the growthin the soil of 
fungi, bacteria, and other small fry. Many of these little life forms lend 
disease resistance to plants grown in conjunction with them via secretion and 
uptake of antibiotic substances.

Jim's experiment with Iris histrio aintabensis is interesting because the usual 
version of Truth is that many Middle Eastern bulbs do not relish organic soil. 
Clearly that particular version of Truth needs to be revised!

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island


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