• The Fungal Internet

    No dig gardening is aimed at allowing the soil to function in a similar manner to that found in nature, perhaps in a forest floor or grassland. Under the soil as old plant matter dies fungal pathways are formed transporting the nutrients across underground pathways and at the same time creating a symbiotic relationship with existing plants and trees whose roots can tap into this supply of goodness.

    Recent research is uncovering how this may prove beneficail to farmers - who - are slowly realising that impoverished soil is subject to poor water retention and susceptible to wind erosion. Fertilisersa re costly and most is loss into water courses causing environmental harm away from the farm. The possibility that - rather than ploughing leaving the soil to manage itself may actually result in the ability of crops to effectively recover nitrogen and essential minerals from the fungal network. Potentially this knowedge may realise reduced spraying, reduced costs, improved yields and a soil rich in life both above and below ground.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20141111-plants-have-a-hidden-internet

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