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Diana's Journal

Diana's Journal

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What have I done now??

19 April 2010 22:00:57
This afternoon we went and collected 4 blocks of mushroom compost, and I put one block into newly dug beds.  I was checking on talk and came across a bit that said that you sould rot it down before adding it to the soil and that if you dont it ruins the soil and any new plantings.......Please please tell me that this isn't true and if it is how can I make amends. 

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Myrtle Myrtle 19 April 2010 22:05:16

I hope some one is able to help but I'm not the one!


J.D. J.D. 19 April 2010 22:13:31

Diana, where did you get the blocks of mushroom compost. Didnt know you could buy blocks. Sorry dont know anything about mushrooms. But I will hopefully be doing them this year, in the greenhouse.I bought mushroom spores a few weeks back. Just thinking about the stench of manure though, in the heat of the summer in the greenhouse. Maybe it's not such a good idea.


Bernie B Bernie B 19 April 2010 22:23:26

I have put a small amount  into my veg beds where I'm going to grow my peas  so I hope this isn't true Diana.


fran m fran m 19 April 2010 22:31:46

Don't know I'm afraid, but there are so many different views. As far as I know spent mushroom compost is as it says, spent. Hope all will be ok.


Rachel Rachel 19 April 2010 22:45:48

Diana, you should Ask Gerry.


Clara Clara 19 April 2010 22:49:06

Am the same as Myrtle , good luck.


Wellie Wellie 19 April 2010 23:08:31

Can't see it doing any long term damage Diana, but yeah, you should ask Jerry, and don't worry you can only learn by getting it wrong sometimes, the amount of times I've done something like that....


sallysarah sallysarah 20 April 2010 07:25:54

Ask Jerry or google it.


brigette brigette 20 April 2010 08:54:03

Know lots of people who use mushroom compost straight away. The thing to remember is that it contains a lot of lime, but that can be an advantage especially on heavy Roscommon soils. I also would'nt put it in direct contact with plant roots as it could burn. Many people let it rot down because they are worried about what chemicals have been used in the mushroom growing process. What we have done in the past is collect it in late summer/autumn and let it rot down over winter. By spring it will be full of worms. Last autumn we made a new herbaceous border and planted everything straight into fresh mushroom compost. Did'nt want the expense of buying in topsoil. It worked a treat and everything is emerging now. Will take a photo later and post it.


Ternie Ternie 20 April 2010 19:38:01

mushroom compost... more you live, less you know :))) have never heard about musroom compost :)


yorkshirelass yorkshirelass 20 April 2010 20:44:01

Hi Diana, go to www.rhs.org.co.uk click on 'plants' which is along the top of the page, then advice search, mushroom compost, there is alot of information regarding mushroom compost and the advantages of using it. good luck


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