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Can anyone advise me, I have been given 10 bags of old used mushroom compost , can i use this spread directly as mulch on / around plants ?, are there any plants /trees i canot use it on.

I have been told i cannot use for rasberries, is this correct?

Can i use it in my runner bean trench ?

please advise me a s p, thanks.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    You can use it on most things apart from acid-loving plants as it contains quite a lot of lime.  It doesn't have much in the way of nutrients left though, so best used as a soil conditioner or as a surface mulch.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • It's good as a soil improver or mulch on most veg, but especially brassicas. Raspberries prefer more acidic soil so no it's not good on those or other fruit. I wouldn't use it in the runner bean trench unless you're mixing it with compost which will provide the nutrients

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