Benifical Fungi Reduces Need For Plant Irrigation By 40%

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Strawberry growers could reduce irrigation inputs by up to 40 per cent while still maintaining yields, by inoculating their plants with naturally-occurring beneficial soil-dwelling fungi, researchers at Kent’s East Malling Research (EMR) have found.

Two different species of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, or the two in combination, gave similar beneficial results over the control plants in trials by a team that was led by University of Kent PhD student Louisa Robinson-Boyer.

“While it has been long-known that these beneficial fungi can have positive effects on plant nutrient uptake, protect plants from infection by pathogens and buffer them against adverse environmental stresses, this work provides an opportunity to reduce irrigation by 40 per cent and still retain required growth and yield outputs,” she said.

“Working with these fascinating fungi has great potential to address some of the future food security challenges being raised by climate change. This work will greatly assist with future sustainable food production – maintaining yields while reducing inputs.”

The results are published in the Mycorrhiza journal. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi occur in most ecosystems, but their levels are much decreased across intensive agricultural systems, mainly due to soil tillage and the use of fertilisers.

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Building A Planter From A Pallet

“You’ve seen pallet projects before but this one is simple, relatively quick, and results in a planter that you can use to grow strawberries, veggies, screening shrubs, or greenery of your choice. The resulting planter is not only functional but looks great too – no one would ever know that it was a simple pallet in its former life! The project requires one pallet, a few hand tools, and a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon. Once you’ve made one, you’ll be able to knock them out quickly so you could end up with an entire container garden using these upcycled planters.”

I think I’m going to use this on my weed ridden allotment to plant strawberries and maybe some raspberries.s

For the impatient, skip to 3 minutes in for instructions. Only one pointer really and that is to say that I’d personally buy some long screws to screw the legs into place.

Thanks for goes to Tanya over @ http://www.lovelygreens.com