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  • Huckelberry seed germination

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  • #14037 Reply

    Mthuck
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    Who has tried this and did you have any luck. Would you wish to share any tips?

    #14042 Reply

    Mthuck
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    Karl, you and weeman need to come to Canyon Ferry and see my berry patch to give me some tips.

    #14047 Reply

    Karl
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    You need to come in and chat with me!

    If I was to recommend anything beyond the reading you've already done, I would recommend fungi-dominant compost tea.

    Are you familiar with compost tea?

    #14048 Reply

    Mthuck
    Member

    Karl, I've read alot about it but not used any yet. My Huckleberries are growing but ever so slowly. Probably could use some. Next time I get to Bozo I'll see if we can vist. You got any recomendations about common blight? Some sort of fungicide?

    #14049 Reply

    Karl
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    Blight spreads fast, as you know. Remove diseased leaves using care to not spread it around (gardening gloves and clean shears.) Also cut off bottom leaves near soil line. (Don't compost it, burn the garbage.)

    Treat with copper based fungicide. The stuff we sell is listed organic. It will only retard the spread. Malicious fungus is next to impossible to stop once it has started.

    As prevention, I would say make sure the soil is fully fortified (rock dust, nutrients, compost.) One big thing you could do is right back to the compost tea. and I would actually use the same recipe to crank up your huckleberries.

    I call this "fungi dominant compost tea" because we're basically growing beneficial fungi suspended in solution to out compete the bad fungi (mildew, blight, etc.) It will also help form symbiotic relationships with your woody trees/bushes/berries.

    Take a 5 gallon bucket, fit it with a small $10 air pump and air stone. Your tea brewer is now constructed.

    Take 1/2 cup earthworm castings or high quality compost (most important ingredient), mix with 1/2 cup dry oats (the kind you make oatmeal with.) Moisten it, and wring it out to field capacity (you can squeeze and maybe get 1-2 drops of water dripping off.) Wrap it in newspaper and place it in a warm, moist place like a broom closet. Don't seal it up, it needs air. Leave it for 3-4 days. When you open it up, it should be covered in a beautiful white fungus that smells like freshly cut mushrooms.

    Take this, place into a pantyhose/cheesecloth bag, hang it into the bucket. Go find some de-chlorinated water (grocery store or water filter. de-chlorinated is very important.) Fill the bucket so the wad of castings/oats are covered in water. Add a few tablespoons of kelp (dry or liquid is fine.) Additionally you can add some humic acid, yucca, and/or rock dust. Turn on your air pump and let this whole thing bubble for 24-30 hours out of direct sun.

    It should smell like fertile soil when it's finished. Dilute this to a few tablespoons a gallon to a few cups. You can't burn/overdo this. Spray it/water it everywhere. It will help nearly everything in nearly every way. What you just brewed is a SUPER concentrated compost solution.

    Cheers Brian

    #14050 Reply

    Mthuck
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    How late in the season can you still safely apply tea or does it matter? I made some tea the other day using sheep manure compost and molasses. Couldn't find any worm castings here. I really need to come over and stop into the store.

    #14051 Reply

    Karl
    Member

    You can apply it anytime, anywhere.

    #14054 Reply

    Mthuck
    Member

    The fungus on the castings/oatmeal is it Mycorrhizae Fungi?

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