We’re building out the video section to support the “how to” part of the citizen science experiments. So please hang in there. Here are some samples!

Mixing an inoculant for spray or soak

You can mix the inoculant to use as a foliar spray or as a lawn or garden soak. Its easy! Put the inoculant in about 20 parts water to one part inoculant. Shake, stir, vibrate vigorously. Use the muddy water. Don’t throw away the sludge; this still contains lots of beneficial organisms and is especially useful for preparing planting spots for shrubs and seedlings.

Scott mixes up some inoculant for use as a spray. This solution is also useful to water into lawns or onto recent plantings. The ratio is about 50g to 5 to 15 litres of water. Enjoy!

Planting inoculated spinach seeds

Sue plants her spinach. She reported back that the ONfungi seeds sprouted earlier and appear to be growing faster than the non inoculated. The inoculated seed also weathered a snow storm better. She has promised pics to follow. (Update: Sue did a video of her plantings. Wow. Big result. Video follows.)

These are Sue’s hands showing you how to apply the tiny amount of inoculant needed to get your seeds off to a great start.

Sue’s first results

See for yourself the difference between inoculated/not seed. These plants survived a cold snap including the cover blowing off and being covered by snow. Note that the inoculated soil worked quite well but is not shown here. The plants in the inoculated soil were the largest. Inoculated seed had the largest root and second highest growth. The control non treated soil grew good spinach. However, root and plant size were the smallest.

Kelvin’s best yet video! Check out the slow mo water. smile. And here are Sue’s hands showing off her spinach results.

Planting beet seeds

Scott plants beet seeds. Note how he uses a “limited till” system where he puts the seed into little pockets drilled into a clover field.

Here Scott gives us a quick seed inoculant and beet seed planting lesson. Due to environmental reasons there were no results reported.

And a bit of background, In the Beginning

or how to make Fungal Dominant Compost (FDC)

Scott Hortop was kind enough to give us a demo of how he prepares the base material for the composting process that results in the fungal dominant inoculant.

Did you know the inoculant has between 300 and 1,700 different fungi in it? Wow eh. Here’s how the process starts.

How is the inoculant made? Here Scott gives us a demonstration of the first steps in his two year process. Thanks Scott.