Is Mushroom Compost Good for a Vegetable Garden?

In my ongoing quest for that “perfect vegetable garden”, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to improve my little patch of heaven. As it turns out, all vegetable gardens benefit from lots of compost and organic matter.

Mushroom compost slowly releases nutrients into the soil and encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria, fungus, and other micro-organisms. It also prevents the occurrence of little nasties such as pests, weeds, or viruses.

Is Mushroom Compost Good for a Vegetable Garden?

Mushroom compost doesn’t contain mushrooms, even though its name suggests otherwise. Its actually the substrate left over after the process of producing mushrooms on an industrial scale.

What is Mushroom Compost?

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Potential Problems of Using Mushroom Compost

While you might find using mushroom compost to be useful, there are a few things you should know first. Some plants like fruit bushes and certain flowers like magnolia, heathers, and camellia are incompatible with the alkaline properties of mushroom compost and prefer a more acidic environment.

You can apply the compost evenly and uniformly from one to three-inch thickness; this was tilled into the existing soil prior to seeding and planting. For established plants, it’s best to use ...

How is Mushroom Compost Used?

I can wholeheartedly recommend mushroom compost for vegetable gardens. However, you just have to keep these pointers in mind: - Don’t use mushroom compost with plants that prefer acidic soil - Mix mushroom compost with garden soil - Buy only from trusted suppliers; avoid unwanted chemicals and by-products!


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