Mulching fruit trees and shrubs for higher and better quality yields

What is mulch and mulching? Mulch is a layer of material applied to the top of the area of soil. Mulch is, usually, used to converse moisture and improve the fertility and health of the soil. Some people also use mulching as a way to reduce weed growth as well as to enhance the visual appeal of the area. Mulch is usually but not exclusively organic in nature. It may be permanent (e.g. plastic … [Read more...]

How to permanently improve your sandy soil

One of the problems a lot of people have is how to improve the fertility of sandy soil. One solution is to add more organic matter (compost, manure, wood chips), but unfortunately if you live in a hot and humid climate the stuff you put in the soil is going to decompose quickly, since microbial activity is so fast. That creates a serious problem, because your poor sandy soil is not holding … [Read more...]

Mycorrhizal fungi are greedy capitalist pigs!

If you know something about permaculture, then probably you heard that mycorrhizal fungus: live in symbiotic relationship with plants help plants to extract nutrients from the soil promote more abundant yields improved resistance to soil pathogens and environmental stress It comes with a price as fungus does not do it because it have "a good heart", but because it gets carbohydrates from the … [Read more...]