Fungal Wood Pile for Compost

Hi, I’m Christy from Gardenerd and we’re actually
not in a garden right now. We’re at about, oh, I don’t know, seven…thousand feet or
so elevation in Sequoia National Park at Bear Paw Meadow High Sierra Camp. And I have a
shovel, a camping shovel and a plastic bag. And what I’m doing is I’m pilfering fungus.
We’re taking fungal samples from underneath these oak trees because a couple fungal strands
in a plastic bag, taken home with us…we will inoculate a wood pile, a wood chip pile
with this fungus. Or fungi, I should say. Many more than one fungus. So we’re going
to put this in our wood pile and then use the wood chips to make compost later on so
we’ll have fungally-dominant compost. So you can see, I don’t know if you can see this,
but there are white strands of fungi here in the bag. So, we’ll see what happens.
Okay, so it’s been 8 months since we brought home our fungi from the oak trees in Sequoia
National Park and we buried them at the bottom of this wood pile. And we’ve been watering
it and it’s rained, and things are great. So now, we go in here. We can…oh, there
it is. There are fungi growing all over this wood pile. As you can see in some of these
pictures, there’s some really great fungal activity going on here. And we’re very excited
about the results of this experiment. So at this point, we can now shred some of these
wood chips and add them to the compost bin if we’re building a thermal…an active batch
thermal pile all at once. That’s what I would use it for. Put that in there and then that
will result in hopefully a fungal dominant wood (compost) pile with fungal dominant wood
chips. That’s the plan, so we’ll be able to balance out our soil microbiology and have
a really healthy garden. If you want to learn more about making compost piles or learning
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8 thoughts on “Fungal Wood Pile for Compost

  1. Great info, I am wanting to go to a "Back to Eden " type garden, the drought and the no till concept has got my attention and this would be a good kick start for the chips..

  2. I don't get it. Pile up any batch of wood chips and within a short period you'll see fungal growth because fungal spores are everywhere.

    How does adding spores that thrive on one type of decaying wood in one area and placing them on another type of wood in another area help aid fungal growth?

  3. Good intentions but by placing the chips in a hot pile it will kill all the fungus as bacteria take over. The pile you have is literally how you get fungal dominant compost, it just takes a really long time. Hot piles are bacterial dom.

  4. A little late here but vid is still up so I guess it's not to late to say good for you. It's just nice to see others using and encouraging the smaller things of life. Not sure how far you had to travel to get that fungi but it SEEMED like a bit of a chore to inoculate such small pile of chips. LoL I guess I would go bigger if I wanted to compost wood chip. Fungi certainly break down my wood chip piles much faster than the microbes but it seems to me that they work well together in the wood chip pile. 😉

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