One prolific ingredient to add to your soil to boost garden growth is mushroom composts. We will be enlightening you on how to make mushroom compost so you can grow your plants the best way.
Applying compost to your garden soil enhances soil texture, drainage, and supplies adequate nutrients to your soil. As mulch covering, compost will regulate weed as well as retain soil water keeping the soil moist during dry conditions.
A combination of mushroom compost is an awesome soil builder that can help your plant flourish. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to make mushroom compost on your own? Of course! It is even easier to make if you grow mushrooms in your garden. The procedure is pretty easy and we will teach you how.
Mushroom composts are made from the soil which was used to grow mushrooms. After you much have harvested your mushrooms, you can now proceed to make some mushroom composts for your garden soil. It is an organic fertilizer that will be released gradually into the soil of your garden.
Mushroom composts comprise mixed peat, straw, gypsum, and other poultry manure. These are most of the common elements used; however, it may contain other elements.
Steps on How to Make Mushroom Compost
Mushroom composts are easy to make. Just follow these steps on how to make mushroom compost and have yourself some mushroom composts for your garden.
Compost Ingredients Used
The ingredients used for making mushroom composts include:
- Wheat straw.
- Poultry manure (chicken, cow, or horse manure).
- Mushroom garden soil.
The first thing you need to do is to sprinkle the wheat straw with some water. Make sure the wheat straw should not be too wet or too dry. Then mix the straw with poultry manure, gypsum, soil, and mushroom bacteria.
Allow the mushroom compost mixture to sit for a period of weeks so it can heat up. This can take up to two months. During this period, some chemical reactions will take place. Naturally occurring fungi and bacteria will visit the scene and react with the poultry manure and straw. They will eventually break down all the ingredients.
As composting continues for some weeks, you must monitor the compost pile frequently. This is because the temperature of the mixture continues to raise therefore, always water and mix frequently. The temperature can rise above 80 degrees Celsius which is too hot. Ensure the temperature remains at 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
While composting continues, pasteurization also takes place to sterilize and eliminates any harmful bacteria, pathogen, pests, and weeds. When pasteurization is completed, the compost will have to cool down before applying it to your garden soil.
You now have a clean pile of abundant brown chocolate compost. You can now apply the readymade mushroom compost. Ensure you mix mushroom compost well into your garden soil when applying to give you an awesome result.
The video below describes mushroom compost is commercially produced.
Benefits of Using Mushroom Compost to Your Garden Soil
Let’s take a look at a couple of benefits of using mushroom composts on your garden soil:
- Mushroom composts are a very affordable fertilizer you can invest in or make.
- You can add mushroom compost gardening soil to your fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. It will enrich your crops to flourish well.
- If you need a soil additive to improve the water retention in your soil, you can make use of mushroom compost. Mushroom composts will absorb enough water and retain it in your soil to be made available when needed. As such, your soil never dries out.
- Applying mushroom compost will provide your plant with some great natural ingredients.
- Used as garden mulch coverings.
- It can also be used as soil amendments for your lawns.
- Mushroom compost comprises of nitrogen needed for plants and foliage growth.
- Mushroom compost will supply the right amount of nutrients without being nutrient-dense.
Even though you can apply mushroom composts any period of the year, the most appropriate period to do so is during spring or fall.
Also, note that mushroom composts cannot be used as soil replacement. Therefore, it can’t be used on its own for planting.
For its water holding capacity, only apply the right amount of compost manure to your soil. This way, the water holding capacity does not water-log your soil. Soil waterlogging can cause root rotting and fungal infection.