Spent Mushroom Compost

DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

I remember Ma getting a couple of trailer loads in for the veg garden many many moons ago.  Does anyone use it nowadays?

Our veg patch is a fairly neutral very free-draining loam and takes a lot of watering.  I'm using bought in FYM and our home-made compost and leafmould which is improving the soil structure, but I'm wondering whether spent mushroom compost would be a good addition?

What do you think?

 

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  • I get 30 sacks of it every year from a mushroom farm near High Wycombe. It's pretty cheap, and has transformed the garden over the years. Because it contains chalk it is no good if you want to put it around acid-loving plants, but the brassicas at the allotment love it!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,256

    I don't know about the effects on the soil but we got mushrooms which made it worthwhile. Years ago though, probably all sterilised and dead now in case we catch something

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    I remember Ma getting mushrooms from hers - a definite plus image 

    Think I shall investigate further ............... image

    Anyone else with experience/views?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    So I need to organise myself next year and get some delivered  next autumn.  imageWonder if I can get it bagged - only a narrow access to the back garden.

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  • I get mine in 50 or 75 litre bags, you should be OK with those, Dove.

    I'm sure you will find plenty of suppliers on-line.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Cheers Pentillie image

    There used to be lots of mushroom farms around East Anglia in the 50s and 60s - all those WW2 airfields with empty aircraft hangars which got turned into mushroom sheds.  

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  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,935

    I make all my own compost but used mushroom compost on a flower bed a couple of years ago, flowers seemed to like it, it was slighlty clay soil and I dug the mushroom compost in. The bed is teeming with worms now.

    It cost's about £1.10 a bag here, a local nursery sells it. There are two local mushroom farms so I suspect it can brobably be got for free.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Yay, looks like I've found a supplier image

     http://www.gnicholls-services.co.uk/mushroom_compost.htm

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