Julia, it is important to remember that a lot of the benefit here is the inherent soil biology as well, so while trichoderma is a good culture for curative effect on fungus, it also predates our good guys as well. Just like pesticides, we must be aware of the impacts of our interference to the natural order.
I'm with HG, grasses I believe prefer bacterial dominant soils and if going to address a problem with biology you should use with caution. I see nothing wrong with culturing fungi dominant teaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when used properly (addressing problem or for ferns/some tress ect)..
do you have any pictures of things that you don't want to see in ACT? its easy to know what you do want, not so much what you don't.
hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a link from the SFW that may help [url=https://www.soilfoodweb.com/03_about_us/microscope_pics.html]link[/url]
and hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a new poster manual that you may help as well
MICROBE POSTER AND MANUAL -- QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF MICROORGANISMS
by Dr. Elaine Ingham and Dr. Carole Ann Rollins.
A 17.25 by 39 inch poster is now available, showing what microorganisms look like using a microscope. The microorganisms in the 32 full color photos on the poster are those typically found in soil, compost, worm castings, and compost tea. Special photos are included showing quantities of bacteria in different photos. This will enable you to look at the poster, while looking at your sample, using the microscope, and to more easily be able to estimate numbers of bacteria you see qualitatively.
There are a series of photos showing fungal hyphae diameters. These should help you decide if you have beneficial or non-beneficial fungi in your materials. There are photos of ciliates, flagelletes, and amoebae to help you distinguish which ones and how many of which ones are in your material. There are a group of photos depicting bacterial-feeding versus fungal-feeding versus root-feeding nematodes, to help you distinguish the "good guys" from the "bad guys."
There is a 31 page manual that accompanies the poster with extremely detailed and scientific explanations of each photo on the poster, with arrows and letter labels to help clarify what you see in each photos and your microscope.
The poster and manual are a set that retails for $49.95 plus $14.95 shipping in the U.S. For international orders please email for pricing. Please contact Nature Technologies International, P.O. Box 1519, Novato, CA 94947, 415-898-5895, 707-225-5762,https://www.nature-technologies.com, naturetech@.... Checks or money orders can be mailed to the above address, or credit cards can be used with phone orders or send your info in an email, name on card, billing address, cvc code, exp. date, mailing address.
(hope its cool to add this??)
At T$ request, here's Elaine Ingham's Fungal Tea Recipe (for 50 gal.s)
Big thank you but can you help me with an alternative DIY to humic acids. I don't want to go out and buy a bottle of just humic acids,so can earth worm compost leachate work??
And will fish meal work instead of hydrolysate fish?? Or can you or any one recommend a good reliable company witch makes and sales hydrolysate fish or humic acid?? And can you link or give more info on ElaineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s book??
Glad to hear on the results bud, glad to see the recipe is doing others rite