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Me and Myke
by Carol Matthews
by Carol Matthews


Carol Matthews Writer/Editor/Photographer Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Member of the Periodical Writers Association of Canada

Member of the Garden Writers Association of America

Author of "Frommer's Halifax", March 2003

June 29, 2003

My husband was getting jealous. For the past two years, Myke and I have been gardening together. Not only in my own backyard, but also in those of my parents and neighbours. And they all love Myke too. My husband was skeptical that Myke’s help made such a difference.

Myke first came into my life in March of 2002, when we spent two days potting up lilies and irises. After two months in pots I was impressed with the root system and hardiness of the plants. Myke even travelled with me when we moved from our zone 6b home in Yarmouth, NS to our new zone 5a home in Truro, in the summer of 2002. That’s when I really needed Myke. Making such a zone and soil change with over 60 plants was very stressful. But with Myke’s help, everything survived.

This spring we were inseparable. With a larger yard and gardens that needed both to be rejuvenated and expanded, Myke was involved with every tree, shrub, vine, perennial, and annual. In a rush before leaving for England in mid-May, we planted out over 60 perennial seedlings, knowing they wouldn’t survive in the greenhouse while we were gone. Despite a pelting rainstorm and then 5 days of hot sun, Myke pulled them through. When my husband and I returned home every transplant was flourishing.

Since then even my husband has come around. He thinks Myke is amazing, and tells everyone how well our garden is doing, thanks to Myke’s help. Now all three of us work happily together in the garden.

Myke’s scientific name is Mycorrhizal fungi, and my plants’ response to Myke has made me a fan. I was particularly impressed with the results when I moved dozens of perennials and shrubs to a new yard and zone. After replanting them using Myke they continued to grow and bloom normally and returned this spring without one loss.

Myke is not a fertilizer, but a natural fungi that encourages beneficial root growth and allows roots to take up necessary nutrients. This results in less transplanting shock and healthier long-term growth - even during stressful times such as a drought. Note: Quick acting chemical fertilizers can kill this natural fungi, so the use of a slow release nutrient source, such as compost, is necessary.

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