[NAFEX] leachy phosphate?

S & E Hills ehills7408 at wowway.com
Fri Jun 19 11:05:27 EDT 2009

An outlawed Fungi?  Are we talking about the infamous "magic mushrooms"?
Has anyone clued law enforcement into the fact that fungi live promarily
underground and only poke up to fruit?  I read an article years ago about a
super colony of fungi here in Mi that was possibly the largest living
organism on the planet.  


You're lucky they don't declare working the soil in general as working to
support the illegal fungi.  


I can just imaging law enforcement cording off an area with caution tape
after finding suspicious mushrooms.  Isn't there real crime in that area?




Scott Hills

Zone 6b Michigan



From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Kevin Moore
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:03 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] leachy phosphate?


It certainly leaches into the subsoil here in the Southeast, but we have
almost as much rain as the Pacific Northwest. Phosphorus deficiency is a
common problem in this area. Water soluble forms only last for a season or
two. Yes, Fungi can be great allies in growing plants. Too bad we have an
indigenous fungus here that is outlawed by international treaties and is
sought out and destroyed by law enforcement. Their methods do not
distinguish between one fungus and another.



From: Alan Haigh <alandhaigh at gmail.com>
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 6:57:42 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] leachy phosphate?

Kevin wrote, "That's too bad. Rock phosphate is more slowly available than
the others. That's why it's so good. It doesn't leach out of the soil the
way the others do. If you have a rich, biologically active soil, it should
be available to the plants shortly after it is applied. If you have dead,
chemically burned soils, it may never become available." 


Phosphorus doesn't hardly leach at all- even tripple superphosphate, but
quickly forms nearly insoluble precipitates with other minerals becoming
mostly unavailable to plants when applied to the soil.  Where phosphorous
pollutes water is when the soil itself erodes into the water.   Anyway,
that's how I understand it. As a fruit grower and a gardener I have never
experienced phosphorous deficiency.  Hooray for our fungus friends. 




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