Our First In-Person Meeting in Three Years! And Kabir Bhalla – About Mushrooms

We were so pleased to host our first in-person meeting in three years yesterday evening! There was an excellent turnout. and we hope folks enjoyed experiencing the ‘normal’ CVHS’ offerings. Darlene and helpers from the Farm Stand continued to sell the .25 seed packages, Frank had a lovely bonsai tree and bouquet of Witch Hazel and Pussy Willows on display at the Grow ‘n Show table, Sonia was available to answer questions about the upcoming workshops (Irrigation, Tool Sharpening and Wreath Making), June and helpers had many fabulous recently donated gardening books for sale at the Library table, guests that were brought along for the “Spring a Friend” were given a little plant to thank them for coming, and there were tables full of plants and bulbs for sale from the member’s plant sale.

We also enjoyed an excellent talk from Kabir Bhalla, PhD candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC. There was no mistaking Kabir’s enthusiasm and knowledge on this subject. Amongst all of the very interesting facts and stories Kabir spoke about, was some information surrounding the use of mycorrhizal fungi to promote plant growth. This fungal ‘partner’ provides the very important phosphorus nutrient. amongst other benefits, to plants. Mycorrhizal fungi can be purchased at garden stores or online. The Organic Gardener’s Pantry in Victoria is one reputable on-line source https://www.gardenerspantry.ca/product/mycorrhizal-fungi/. For folks looking for a little more information on this interesting subject, here is a short video from Phil Nauta, the Smiling Gardener: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3OuoX5T45w

Once again, many thanks to Kabir for his wonderful talk. Here is a link to Kabir’s presentation:
03 - March - Kabir Bhalla - CVHS Talk.pdf - Google Drive

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