Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Micchoryzae and Black Currants

Last fall I was asked to participate in planting 2 different varieties of Black Currents- one Tiben and the other Blackcomb. We planted roughly 1,000, 2 year old cuttings. If this was blueberries I would have had doubts on them living through this planting treatment. The black currants arrived in boxes from the supplier on Vancouver Island.
The precipitation this year across the continent was very dry- with lots of records. I felt that this was going to be a very wet fall because of the tension of the dry past. The farmland located in Gibsons BC was cleared of 6 acres finishing in the early fall of 2012.
The land had been harvested of its timber numerous times over the years and was mostly covered with mature alders, very mature big leaf maple trees and a dense understory of salmon berries and red elderberries.
This is what a freshly cleared piece of land looks like in late November in coastal BC. After heavy rains in the early part of November. As you can see I was making channels for the water runoff.
This is by far the most undesirable time to plant, although if the farmer did not plant the currents they would have had to be preserved until next year and this would have weakened them considerably.
The only hope for these currants was the generous 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Michorrhizea purchased form Fungi Perfecti in Washington, US and of course the experience of myself "The Funguy". This powder is a real friend of the plants. It goes right to the roots forming tiny to microscopic threads that stretch out into the world looking for nutrition and hospitable environments. The powder form of michorrhizae is most recommended for this planting by a sprinkling in the bottom of the hole so as to initiate direct contact to the roots.
When this contact happens under the right fungi environment the changes are incredible. Tiny threadlike substances emerge from the spores and begin their search for plant roots. Imagine how the roots of just the current grow under normal circumstances- now imagine this threadlike substance attaching itself to you and reaching its arms out into places looking for all the nutrition you need for a healthy robust life. In turn you give the fungi sugars. Sounds like a pretty good match this plant to fungi relationship. So Even under these circumstance above I have complete knowing that the plants will thrive with vigor this coming spring for years to come.

And here are some local picks last fall around Gibsons and Roberts Creek
Oregon Red Reishi
by Dan Mycoman
Golden Chanterelles
by Dan Mycoman
Turkey Tails
By Dan Mycoman
 Food And Medicine

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I'm a horrible gardener, would it help with a regular vegetable garden? I need all the help I can get!