Shrooms? In My Yard?? JP011

Today’s episode is a short primer on Mushrooms and Fungi as it relates to gardening and agriculture. This episode is designed the get you familiar with some initial terminology, a conceptual primer, so to speak. By the end you should have an appreciation for our fungal friends and with your new perspective, begin to see more of the mushrooms around you. Enjoy!

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Peace. I am Mason Olonade and this is Jigijigi, Africa culture podcast. Hey, we believe building a healthy soil builds a healthy soul and we share strategies for how to do both.

Today’s episode is going to get real fungi. I promise that will be the worst one. I’ll make shrooms mushrooms and my soil. Why would I want that? This episode will tell you why you want shrooms in your soil and how they can benefit your soil. The mushroom that we are familiar with the character Toad from the Mario franchise, the stalk and rounded cap or the shelves that build themselves out of trees. These are the fruit of a larger mycelial network. The mycelium is the larger fungal body. If the mushroom is the fruit, the mycelia is the trunk leaf and branch, the vegetative body and the tiny hairs on the edge, the periphery of the mycelia are The roots and those roots are called hyphae.

Just as say, a tomato contains seeds, the mushroom contains spores and releases the spores that are it. Seeds. These spores are distributed in all of the same way that seeds are when water bugs and animal animals. Except, unlike plants, the spores can take advantage of all of these mechanisms at once, instead of really adapting themselves to us, in the case of the tomato or to the air, like in the case of the dandelion. As the spores land in the soil, it begins to grow becoming the haploid hyphy. haploid means that it has half of the chromosomes the genetic material, much like the sperm and OVA themselves of your eye. When the haploid hyphae meet another haploid hyphae, they fuse, grow and grow and some But not all species of fungi. Excuse me, they but not all species of fungi make their fruiting bodies. We’re very familiar with the mushroom. Thus, the cycle begins again.

So what do they do for us? And what can we do for them? Some fungi formed symbiotic relationships with the plants in the root zone, also known as the rhizosphere. This symbiotic association is called a mycorrizal relationship. The fungi that enter into these relationships are grouped together, as called Mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae will send their high feet to tap into the root structure of the plans, while they will exchange sugars that the plants photosynthesize for other nutrients and even access to water. This exchange isn’t limited to one plant one fungus the minds sealeo network of one mycorrhizal species can span hundreds of miles. Indeed, it is a network where environmental and nutritional information can and is exchanged, much like how we exchange the same information over the internet.

Some special fungi will obtain their nutrients for exchange by tapping in and slowly breaking down rocks. We will be covering the topic of mycoremediation in more depth in the future. But in short, even our culinary mushrooms like oyster mushrooms can break down pollutants like roundup and oil from oil spills. So what can we do for our fun guys provide the right conditions. There are already so many fungi floating floating freely. If you just let things sit, life will take over. Although it isn’t a mushroom bearing fungus. We have seen molds take over breads, fruits and veggies that have been left out for too long. In the bread molds, especially contain the first widely used antibiotic penicillin, so we need to provide the right conditions for our fungal friends to flourish. This includes disturbing the soil as little as possible. grow as high a variety of crops as you can to attract all sorts of different microbial life to your soil. Once you begin to take it easy, who knows what you’ll find? Earlier this week, I was having a conversation with a great friend of mine when he burst out with concern. An enormous mushroom had appeared within his potted snake plant. And it seemed like it did this overnight. That’s because they generally appear overnight, release their spores and begin that affer mentioned cycle. By providing the right conditions. We’re allowing life to decompose at its speed.

Our mycorrhizal friends will conduct this decomposition and nuke nutrient exchange far more regenerative Li than we can if we just give them the chance in our episode titled composts, I’ve discussed how I’ve harnessed and been able to establish some fungal associations on a plot I’ve seen but not photographedmycelia, growing in a more moist area in our chickpea and carrot Creek, or cardboard has been incubating their development after I distributed our coffee Fung fungi inoculum. Check out that episode to learn a way it can be done so that you can do it. We’ve identified the red Bin fungus as Parasola auricoma A SAP saprobic species, meaning it breaks down organic matter into simpler nutrients. The mushrooms are short lived, usually lasting only a few hours before collapsing. We do not currently know whether or not the parents sola is an effective symbiote but we do know that it we hoverfly in time on making a rich compost for us as black as night.

Let us know how you’ve seen or employed mushrooms on your land. Are you a black farmer or gardener who has seen or use mushrooms to do their do? We’d love to interview you. Email me, leave us a five star review and we will save then as we say now. Asante Sana Medase Pa Modupe O Thank you for listening to Jigijigi peace