If you see a photo of the rainforest, or really the forest floor of any climate, how would you describe the soil? More than likely, the word rich would come to mind.
The diversity of trees, plants, flowers and groundcover in a natural forest is not just something to be admired, but to be imitated. Beyond just the harmony of plants, animals and insects living together, there is life and activity in places you can’t even see.
Soil: Living and Life-Giving
One of the foundational components of a forest biome is the soil. It is rich and in fact alive with millions of organisms that are eating, breathing, connecting and forming win-win relationships. Soil sustains life within as well as up above.
One of the organisms that make the magic happen on the forest floor are beneficial fungi known as Mycorrhizae.
The word literally comes from the words for fungus (myco) and the rhizome area of a plant (rhiza). So when you hear the term Mycorrhizae — and we hope you’ll be hearing it more and more — that’s the simplest way to think about it. It is a beneficial fungus that colonizes around plant roots.
In return, the fungi feed on the sugars and waste excreted from the plant. And when this relationship comes alive, the benefits add up quickly!
Follow the Forest
You can replicate the wisdom and design of the forest floor’s vibrant biome wherever you do your planting. Just introduce Mycorrhizae (and its bacterial friends) to the root zone and they will literally take on a life of their own.
Now that’s rich!