Last Updated on October 30, 2022
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.
Is mushroom compost any good?
Mushroom compost is a blend of nitrogen and carbon rich materials that are added to the soil to encourage fungal growth. This is done in order to create more food for soil microorganisms and plants, which will help increase plant growth and health. Mushroom compost can be purchased at most garden centres and nurseries, however, it is more cost effective to make your own.
How do you make mushroom compost?
Mushroom compost is different to other composts. It contains plenty of carbon (in the form of decaying plant material), which is why it’s good for growing mushrooms. However, it also contains small amounts of nitrogen, which is needed for the mushrooms to grow.
The best way to make compost is to mix it in a bucket. You don’t want to do this in a plastic bucket, as the plastic may leach into the compost. Instead, use a metal or wooden bucket that you can wash out and reuse. Start by mixing one part of dry compost with three parts of water. When you’re making mushroom compost, add one part of wood chips or sawdust to two parts of the dry compost. Mix everything together with a spade or fork. The wood chips or sawdust will help to give your compost structure, so you don’t want to add too much. Too much structure will prevent the compost from drying out. After adding the wood chips or sawdust, stir it all together with your hands. When mixing, keep the material moving, so that the compost is mixed evenly. The more you mix, the better your compost will be. Make sure you mix in as much air as possible. How should I store it? Ideally, you should store your compost in a shed or other dry location, where it will stay dry and warm. A shed will also help to keep the compost safe from mice and rats. It should also be kept well ventilated.
How do you apply it as fertilizer?
If you plan to use it as a fertilizer for your soil, then you should not add any wood chips. A: Mushroom compost will contain some nutrients (especially nitrogen) and a lot of organic material. It may also contain some weed seeds, so you'll want to remove them before adding the compost to the soil. Wood chips are not an effective source of nitrogen, and they can harbor weed seeds. Instead of adding wood chips, you might consider adding a nitrogen-rich manure (such as rabbit, chicken, horse, or fish manure). You'll also want to add a small amount of sand to improve drainage. The present invention relates to a method of fabricating a semiconductor device.
How should I store it?
Ideally, you should store your compost in a shed or other dry location, where it will stay dry and warm. A shed will also help to keep the compost safe from mice and rats. It should also be kept well ventilated.
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.
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