helen atthowe wrote: I would test your soil and choose a cover crop mix based on your soil nutrient and texture needs. ...It is worth doing the homework to know your soil and site very well before you choose cover crops, living mulches, and soil amendments. Good luck building your soil organic matter and microbial community.
helen atthowe wrote:Hi Jon, Very funny! Paul was a student of mine 20 years ago, but never an influence! But I have had a lot of important influences. My greatest influences were: Wes Jackson from the Land Institute, where I did a year long internship 40 years ago and learned about plant ecology and perennial polycultures. Fukuoka, who taught me to keep the soil covered always. My brilliant late-husband, Carl Rosato, who inspired and helped me to experiment with no-till methods. Eric Brennan, USDA Research Horticulturist, who has done some great organic systems and cover crop research. Michael Phillips, author of the Holistic Orchard. Several university soil scientists whose soil microbial ecology research helped me see the soil in a whole new way. Good question! Our influences shape the way we think and help us to see the world differently.
helen atthowe wrote:Jon, I don't add or use mycelium in my gardens, except to add organic residues as mulch that are filled with fungal mycelium as they break down. So far, I have been able to create habitat for fungi and they come naturally. Bacteria and parasitic nematodes also suppress pest nematodes and like organic residues additions and moist soil. Good luck!