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Beating the frost, for free!

It’s April here and the days are growing shorter and cooler. The summer vegetables are dead stalks, having born their fruit. Soon the frosts will hit, so any leafy green vegetables will blacken and die off when the water in their cells expands as it freezes. I have some mignonette lettuce and some basil plants […]

Symbiotic relationships and fertility – Fungi.

With the boom in plantation forestry, silvaculturists noticed that some trees grew well in some areas but not in others, even though the soils were identical. Chemical analysis couldn’t explain the difference. Finally it was discovered that a fungi, at the time dubbed mycorrhiza, was causing the difference. It was colonising the root tips and […]