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If you have designed, or better yet implemented, any sort of permaculture related projects, it would be great to share them here with others. Designing something is one thing, but by implementing it we usually learn a whole lot more.

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Comment by Bryan Ericson on March 20, 2009 at 1:24pm
Justin - you only need a handful of soil, and then mix it well into your potting soil. The important thing is to get the various fungi and microorganisms that are in the forest soil, so they can reproduce into your own soil. It should also be sufficient to take a small amount of the decayed leaf matter that sits directly on the soil, and not disturb the soil itself. Even better is to take smaller amounts of matter from different locations.

Another method would be to purchase some mychorrizal fungus spores - I've used the ones from BioOrganics and Fungi Perfecti successfully. If you decide to go the commercial route, make sure to get an inoculant that has both endo- and ectomychorrizal spores. You should only need to order it once - afterwards, you can take a handful of your own soil to use, instead of forest soil.

Note - inorganic fertilizers will harm soil microbes. If your potting soil is commercially prepared, it may be inhospitable to the spores you add to it.
Comment by Justin Galias on March 20, 2009 at 11:47am
Thanks for the help. My use will be for soil in seed trays. Dave Jacke says that you can successfully innoculate potting soil with native forest soil, but is unclear on how to do it sustainably. I am not sure how much forest soil to incorporate to my soil mix.
Comment by Midwest Permaculture on March 17, 2009 at 10:12am
Paul Stamets has another book Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms that pretty much tells you everything you need to know about propagating and growing mushrooms.

You might want to start with the commercial sources just to get comfortable. I've done some experiments with shitake mushrooms in logs and oyster mushrooms in coffee grounds. They haven't been as successful as I would have liked but I've learned quite a bit from the experience.
Comment by Don Smith Moorman on March 17, 2009 at 9:10am
Myceilum Running by Paul Stamets says you can take something like a "core sample" of an intact, living fungus, without killing it, and propagate the sample into a clone of the original. From there you could take it anywhere.
Comment by Justin Galias on March 16, 2009 at 7:49pm
This is a great resource. I am looking for anybody that has experience in sustainably harvesting fungi for innoculative purposes. I know that there are some commercial sources but am weighing all options. Can this be done?
Comment by Kate Heiber-Cobb on March 14, 2009 at 10:13pm
Looking forward to seeing peoples work and hearing about their projects.

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