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Spent Mushroom Compost

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:54

Decide first folks if you want to keep your soil acid.  If so. Avoid mushroom compost.  Most of the soil in Cornwall, away from the coast,'is acid ....Blue hydrangeas, camellias,,azaleas, Rhodos, etc therefore flourishes.......and using mushroom compost would spoil those plants.


Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:47

Agree with dave.  Start again with new stock.  You won't lose much time and a healthy cutting will outdo a sickly one.  I have been using perlite quite a lot over past couple of years and for seed and cuttings it's now my preferred medium.  

Confession Times!

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:41

Stacey........I am.   

Was in a shop the other day and a Toblerone bar there was about £50 I think.  How could you break off a piece off that?  I'm not weak but even I would have to use a pair of pliers.  

Lily, yes caramac was satisfactorily consumed last week ...but I dont really like chocolate


Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:34

Gardengirl, for us gardeners there is always something moving in the garden.   Spring is never far away 

Loving Lavatera

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:32

Dean Alex, hi.

Have you tried malva?  Shorter cousins in the mallow family.  Flowerimg all summer at a height of 3' or so.  Album is lovely white ...hardy here. Pink and blue varieties too


Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:24

Stacey, sounds like leatherjackets in your lawn.  

Dry now amd quite warm but heavy rain today.  Tomorrow will be good day for more clearing away....cutting back all hellebore leaves, moving plants and planting.  Will be ruthless now in my drive to sort the garden for winter.  Already daffodils are poking through and the hellebores will be showing buds in a few short weeks.  Soon be spring, y'know!  

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:14

Aconitum stainless steel, helenium double trouble, just about, and helenium Chelsea, just.  Gazanias, osteospermum  voltage yellow. (get this one's a beauty and flowers non stop) nemesias, tulbaghia, ophiopogon in flower, liriope,  echinacea milkshake, ..........oh, look,it's still summer, isn't it?  


Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:08

That's a shame Nut.  Sounds horrific.  

Spent Mushroom Compost

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 20:05

Always had a huge lorry or trailer load of mushroom compost every year.  Mushroom farms locally until about 4 yeas ago.  Perfect for veg patch.  Applied it thick...6" or the autumn and in spring I cultivated it into the soil surface.  Produced superb crops without weeds.  Also used it as thick mulch around everything ESP hellebores.  Except couple of camellias I grow.  Azaleas, pieris. Rhodos etc grow in large pots and kept away from mushroom compost.

Mushroom farms not so prolific.  Now amd then I get load of manure too as well as recycled compost from the council.  

High in lime but low in nutrients.  To allow for any chemicals in it......always bought as organic mushroom compost......I apply in autumn and allow the winter rains to wash it through the soil so that come the spring the compost is "clean"

Confession Times!

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 19:56

Hmmmmmmmm.  Lindt  chocolates .    Not a chocolate person really......  But lindt, Toblerone, thorntons, cadburys fudge, caramac, choc eclairs, walnut whips................

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