Plant Companions And Fungi Preferences

Unfortunately Piktochart, which is where I was hosting my graphic, deleted my account. I may have the info in a spreadsheet somewhere, if I have time someday I will see if I can get the info on here somehow. In the meantime you can just do the same research I did to create the spreadsheet: simply find out what sort of ecosystem niche your desired plant NATURALLY grows in. If it is a vegetable you need to find the original, wild ancestor of that vegetable (for the cabbage family look for “Sea Kale”, for example) and find out where THAT grows. The general categories, in order of more-fungi to less-fungi would be: inside a dense forest, on the edges of a forest or in an open forest, in a long-term grassland, in a recently disturbed grassland, on newly disturbed ground (or any other area with poorly developed soil like rocky cliffs, etc.).

6 Replies to “Plant Companions And Fungi Preferences”

  1. This is great! I’ve taken all of Dr. Elaine Ingham’s classes and am very interested in the principles of ecological succession; your chart is very helpful in designing better gardens and farms!

  2. I looked for corn companion plants thinking there would be nitrogen fixing sorts. Found your chart, which does not include any. Surprising to me.
    I’m a gardener not a farmer, though my garden, orchard, vineyard is larger than most would attempt.
    Also I know of Dr. Ingham’s work through videos so the fungi/bacteria concept is not new to me.
    Please send me your chart.

    1. To my knowledge the latest soil science research has shown that ALL PLANTS fix nitrogen. The ones we commonly refer to as “nitrogen fixing” just happen to have obvious lumps (nodules) on their roots where the nitrogen is fixed, so we were only aware of them at first.

    1. Sorry, working on restoring it. I have not done any admin work on this website in many years, and some links don’t work anymore.

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