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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2012
11:29 PM

Post #9233805

I am enjoying a book called Teaming with Microbes by Timber Press. It is an excellent argument for organic methods. A bit dense with scientific terms, but if you really want to get the whole picture I don't see how the authors could avoid talking in some detail.
It tells basics of soil composition, all the groups of critters in soil (bacteria, fungi, nematodes , minibeasts) . and what they do. Explains how they all interrelate and how plant roots work with them, beyond mycorhizzae... Well, you just have to read it, I can't do it justice (esp at this time of night 8^P)
Another very good book from Timber Press.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 13, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9239906

You might find this link interesting, sallyg. It also mentions the book: "Teaming with Microbes" on the links/resources tab.

http://www.gardeningwithmicrobes.com/index.shtml

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

August 13, 2012
12:28 PM

Post #9240206

It's a good book, Sally.

Most folks don't "get" the importance of microbes... both in the garden but also tending our body's microbial garden.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 13, 2012
2:17 PM

Post #9240320

Thanks Honeybee, I will go to that link.

And YES Darius-- it certainly makes one ponder the interrelationships between our own flora and our biochemistry, and chemicals or toxins in our modern environment...

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 13, 2012
2:51 PM

Post #9240362

When I make soil from clay and compost and amendments, I can see a huge difference between "raw soil" and soil after it has had time to accumulate populations.

Now I tenjd to screen and amend raw clay, add compost and "innoculum" from healthy beds, then leave it in a heap for months before moving them to my beds.

I'm going to look for a used copy, becuase I was amazed by a chapter in a microbiology text that talked only about endomycorhyzzia (sp?) Some root hairs only do well if they have all four of the symbionts that they like.

And I firmly believe that healthy micro-flora and fauna crerate and sustain soil structure and wicking.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2012
6:32 AM

Post #9241005

Rick, you might find what you ar looking for here:

http://www.fungi.com/shop/fungi-for-healthy-gardens-and-garden-supplies.html

I've not purchased from this company.

(I think it's spelled: endomycorrhizae)

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 14, 2012
11:07 AM

Post #9241335

Thanks, I saved that link! The 1-ounce size looks just my speed.

(Now I'm going back to my microbiologyu text to see what I* can see about
" Glomus intraradices, Glomus mosseae, Glomus aggregatum and Glomus etunicatum"

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