Super beneficial plants

This is taken and modified from the Website of David Austin roses.

If you have planted a rose or other plant recently and want to try and introduce the mycorrhizal fungi, the best way to do it is by planting a second plant along with some mycorrhizal innoculant powder (follow directions on package). As long as the two are (planted) fairly closely, the fungi will quickly spread from one root system to the other.

During this time (approximately a month after planting), do not cultivate the ground to a depth of more than 2" as the fungal mycelium (thread structure) is easily damaged.(This would suggest hand-weeding and using mulch to discourage weed germination).

 Many different plants (as companions to roses) can be used. Although, if you choose those that are to also attractive to beneficial insects, then the benefit will be to both the roots and the shoots.

Below is a list of plants that are both highly mycorrhizal and attractive to beneficial insects.

Latin Name Common Name Plant Type
Achillea species & varieties Yarrow Perennial
Aconitum species & varieties Monkshood Perennial
Ajuga reptans Bugle Perennial
Allium species & varieties Ornamental onions Biennial/Perennial
Anethum graveolens Dill Annual
Anthemis species & varieties Chamomile Perennial
Aquilegia species & varieties  Columbine Perennial
Calendula officinalis Pot Marigold Annual
Crocus species & varieties  Crocus Bulb
Eryngium species & varieties  Sea Holly Perennial
Eschscholzia californica Californian Poppy Annual
Foeniculum vulgare Fennel Perennial
Galanthus species & varieties Snowdrop Bulb
Geranium species & varieties Hardy Geranium, Cranesbill Perennial
Hyacinthoides species Bluebell Bulb
Iberis species & varieties Candytuft Perennial
Lamium species & varieties Dead Nettle Perennial
Lavandula species & varieties Lavender Perennial
Lobellia species & varieties  Lobelia Perennial
Lonicera species & varieties Honeysuckle Perennial
Papaver species & varieties  Poppy Annual/Perrenial
Phacelia tanacetifolia Phacelia Annual
Primula species & varieties  Primroses Perennial
Pulmonaria species & varieties   Lungwort Perennial
Rudbeckia species & varieties   Coneflower Annual/Perrenial
Sedum species & varieties Ice Plant Perennial
Solidago species & varieties Golden Rod Perennial



Summer Food in Wintry February


16 Popular Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Freeze

1. Garlic – You can freeze whole garlic, garlic cloves or chopped fresh garlic. Frozen garlic does lose some of its texture, but the flavor remains intact.

2. Corn – You can freeze fresh-picked corn on the cob for up to one year. Pack it in freezer bags — husk and silk and all. For store-bought corn, husk and blanch it before freezing.

3. Avocados – The bad news is that frozen avocados lose their consistency. The good news is that they do not lose their taste, so you can use them for guacamole or dressing. Wash and halve them before peeling. Freeze as halves, or puree them with lime or lemon juice and then store for up to eight months.

4. Mushrooms — You can freeze raw button, creminis and portabellas mushrooms for later use. Chop and slice mushrooms and then spread them on a cookie sheet. Freeze. Then transfer the pieces to bags or containers.

5. Onion – You can save chopping time – and tears – by freezing onion for cooking later. Store peeled, chopped onion in plastic freezer bags. The best part is you can just toss them into your recipes without thawing them first.

6. Hummus – Scoop your fresh hummus into plastic containers. Then drizzle a thin layer of olive oil on the top to keep it from drying out. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before mixing and serving.

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