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Apr 27, 2014 10:58 AM CST
|My garden has had so much rain the surface is starting to grow a white fungus, ...not sure that is the proper term. It is especially noticeable where the worms have worked hard and left their castings. Anyone know for sure what this is, is it bad, good or indifferent to the health of the garden?|
Apr 29, 2014 8:01 PM CST
|Seed, I don't know the answer to your question but i feel for you. We have had a lot of rain as well and I am having a hard time getting my vegetables planted because I cannot get the field to dry out enough to work in.|
Hopefully someone else can answer your question.
Apr 30, 2014 1:09 PM CST
|I wouldn't worry about it at all, Seedfork. That is normal and is just fungus mycelium doing what they do best, helping to break down organic matter and adding a bit of life to your soil. No worries. |
Shoe (like Abhege, surrounded by rainstorms)
Apr 30, 2014 1:24 PM CST
Thanks, I appreciate that. I was hoping for it to be something good and not bad.
Apr 30, 2014 3:44 PM CST
|Fungicide needed soon. |
Whats your favorite less invasive and edible mix? Baking soda and Milk with a drop of soap maybe on veggies? I use the hardcore stuff on my ornamentals to maintain their beauty
Apr 30, 2014 6:28 PM CST
|"Fungicide needed soon"|
Nope, David, this is not the kind of fungus to worry about. This is an extremely beneficial fungus that really contributes to soil growth, or rather the life in the soil. I understand though that most folks hear the word "fungus" and assume it is always a detriment.
Shoe (who probably should wash his bare feet this week to halt fungal growth :>)
Apr 30, 2014 7:12 PM CST
|what an image I got from that, Shoe!|
Apr 30, 2014 7:16 PM CST
I guess you do your time w/barefeet, eh? Ya gotta love it!
Hope all is well down your way. Hope you get in that garden soon.
Apr 30, 2014 7:46 PM CST
|No bare feet here, too many fire ants.|
Wind is really kicking up right now but i'm hoping to get my peppers in this weekend, then i'll worry about cules, squash and melon. And more corn.
Apr 30, 2014 8:10 PM CST
|Some people refuse to till because it will disturb the soil fungi.|
My theory is that fungi are not differentiated organisms (except when fruiting). They are multicellular, but they reproduce from fragments of hyphae. So I don't see why tilling would bother them even if individual fungal hyphae spread out over several feet (or mm? or yards?) in undisturbed soil. ten small small chunks of fungal hyphae ought to be able to do anything that one hunk ten times its size could do.
The individual fungus cells are tiny. They might be bothered if a Roto-Tiller operated like a food blender on "puree", but I think a Roto-Tiller only chops soil into peds larger than 1/4". A plow or fork turns up clods measured in inches.
But I'm no expert on soil mycology OR no-till theory. At home, I use a trenching shovel and fork when the clay elluviates into an impenetrable layer 12" down. Lately, my better beds haven't needed that.
Just because it ISN'T complicated doesn't mean I can't MAKE it complicated!
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