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using Myke

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Cherril01-Aug-02 12:35 PM EST 6b   
Susan01-Aug-02 04:23 PM EST 6a   
Sue01-Aug-02 05:10 PM EST 6a   
Susan01-Aug-02 07:19 PM EST 6a   
Sue01-Aug-02 09:27 PM EST 6a   
Susan01-Aug-02 10:06 PM EST 6a   
Linda03-Aug-02 09:34 PM EST 2b   
Susan04-Aug-02 02:04 PM EST 6a   

Subject: using Myke
From: Cherril (
Zone: 6b
Date: 01-Aug-02 12:35 PM EST

I picked up some Myke as folks recommended for my late-start garden, and will use it when seeding for fall crops. What about the tomatoes, peppers and seeds that I planted before hearing about Myke? Can/should I sort of "side-dress" them by maybe poking a pencil hole to the root area and sprinkling some in? The plants are doing fine, I'm just "greedy for growth".

And is there much difference in the Mykes for veggies and the ones for other stuff? Can I use my veggie Myke when planting perennials, for example? (I know I should have read the labels in the store, but was hot & tired, just got my CPR certificate, YAY!)

Subject: RE: using Myke
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 01-Aug-02 04:23 PM EST

When you look at their web site, the same fungus (Glomus intraradices) is mentioned for all the types (except the Lawn one...) I have used the Flower one, the Vegetable one, Trees and Shrubs, and Bulbs. They all look different in the container so they have different 'fillers' in them and the amounts to be used differ. The varying amounts make some sense but I'm not sure if there is any significance to the differing physical appearance of the various types. I have used the Flower one to plant herbs and the Vegetable one to plant perennials when I ran out of the specified one. I can't see any difference in growth.... I really want to do a test next year - plant sone things with it and some without and see if there's a real difference or not. The instructions for the Tree and Shrub one does have instructions for adding it to soil for existing trees and shrubs but the others don't. It needs to be in contact with roots, so the poking holes idea would make the most sense. At this point in the season, plants that have been in the ground a while have probably already picked up naturally occuring fungus but I suppose there's nothing to lose by trying it if you have it available. Certainly if you are fall planting, I'd use it. I'm now adding it to anything I plant on the pinciple of 'it can't hurt and might very well help' and it's not too pricy a potential boost...

P.S. Congratulations on the CPR certificate. Well done!

Subject: RE: using Myke
From: Sue (
Zone: 6a
Date: 01-Aug-02 05:10 PM EST

Used "myke" on my transplants of hostas, etc... and on the potting up of most of my pots. Everything is doing well - didn't lose a single thing! I too would like to do a comparison test next year - with and without. Best stuff I bought this year was the Pro-Mix with the water crystals - best stuff since sliced bread!!!!!!! Hardly have to water my pots at all ( all 117 of them) and they're all so healthy - no stress due to lack of water. Just heard on HGTV - Calling All Gardeners - that fish fertilizer is better than the crystal water soluble kind because the water soluble kind forms crystals on the roots and can kill the plant. Any feedback on this Susan? This year I ran out of fish fertilizer and used Miracle Grow I had left over - now I feel guilty!

Subject: RE: using Myke
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 01-Aug-02 07:19 PM EST

Hi Sue - I've been following the discussions on the Forum re the water crystal with a lot of interest. I had read about them several years ago and put them on my 'try' list but never got around to it... From what you and others have said, they will go on my 'must do' list for next year! As to the fish fertilizer, other than reading about it being a good thing, I've not tried it and don't really know much about it. This year I used the 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer pellets and liked their convenience for both the garden and pots. I tend to neglect fertilizing a bit, relying on compost, triple mix, bagged, composted sheep manure and a good top dressing mix from a local supplier. I prefer my garden in the ground to pots so I tend to neglect my pots - watering them is too much of a chore - which is one of the reasons those crystals sound good to me! (I'm actually a lazy gardener in many respects which is why I'm a big fan of anything labor saving - like the soaker hoses I talk about a lot...!)

Subject: RE: using Myke
From: Sue (
Zone: 6a
Date: 01-Aug-02 09:27 PM EST

Hi Susan: I tried the slow release fertilzer last year in my big hanging basket. The little fertilzer balls were green (purchased directly from a real nursery) and when I took the plants out in the fall to put in a Christmas display, they were still in there. Needless to say I was dubious about their ability to work properly. Which ones did you use? I now fertilize every Saturday but with a very weak solution of the left over Miracle Grow. All the plants seem to be fine with it. Next year I'll go back to the fish and seaweed mixture.

Subject: RE: using Myke
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 01-Aug-02 10:06 PM EST

Sue - I used the little gray balls - I don't remember the brand name - but it was sold in clear plastic 'jars' at places like Cdn Tire, Home Depot and the large chain nurseries. I think a good part of the price was the container! You were smart to buy it from a 'real nursery' I think - I was planning on asking my local nursery where they get it in bulk... Maybe some of the Forum responders who are in the nursery business can tell us...?

Since I'm inclined to forget to fertilize at all, I figure that, even if they don't work perfectly, it's better than nothing! I've seen the little balls in the pots of plants that have overwintered in a nursery. My guess is that the balls may not disintegrate totally after the fertilizer in them has been exhausted but I'm not sure - so I was going to assume that you need to add more next year even if you still see the little balls... Does anyone out there know for sure?

Subject: RE: using Myke
From: Linda
Zone: 2b
Date: 03-Aug-02 09:34 PM EST

Myke was kind enough to send me a lovely basket of product. I did comparison planting to see if my articles should be moved into the Myke aware column.

My first finding was that I had trouble making sure that the roots and product came into contact with each other. Without the contact their isn't any results.

In my vegetable garden I put the required amount of Myke on a section of each row - with the seeds. the corn plants with Myke appeared to grow faster for a while - with the drought and watering not always even - It didn't continue.

My pepers with Myke in the greenhouse outpreformed the ones without - except the 2 that were over fertilized. It does say that you use less fertilizer with Myke. When the plants freeze I will check the roots.

check out the following site - It is from a person that is not selling the product.

I came to the conclusion that if you get the Myke in the proper place, and if it is not already present in the soil, it will benefit the plants. Placing Myke correctly is harder than it sounds.

Subject: RE: using Myke
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 04-Aug-02 02:04 PM EST

Hi Linda -That was a good web site with interesting information. I suspect you're right - that MYKE will be more beneficial in some circumstances than others. I used it in my new bed on the front lawn and another beside the driveway. Both areas had very poor soil - on the lawn, the bed is where we took down a big old spruce this spring; beside the driveway, the bed is in a hot, dry location where the grass died in last year's drought. In both cases the soil is awful, packed clay. While I added compost, triple mix and top dressing mix, the underlying soil probably didn't have much left in the way of beneficial organisms! Both beds are now wall-to-wall packed with thriving plants when I expected them to take two years or more to fill in, so I'm assuming MYKE might have had an impact.

I was concerned about root contact with the MYKE too so, what I've been doing is to remove the plants from their pots, loosen the root ball and shake off any loose soil and then sprinkle the MYKE around in the hole - I use a bit more than the recommended amounts for flowers and vegetables - and mix it in with the loose soil in the bottom of the hole, then put in the plant and backfill and water. I'm treating the MYKE as a 'can't hurt; might help' supplement - sort of insurance... In my gardening conditions, anything helps...!

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