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How to Use Mushroom Soil to Amend your Vegetable GardenHow to Use Mushroom Soil to Amend your Vegetable Garden
Mushroom soil can really make a difference in your vegetable garden. You would be surprised how much better vegetables and even flowers grow in mushroom soil. You need to use it properly, however. Misusing it can have damaging effects on your vegetable garden.
What is mushroom soil?
Mushroom soil, or mushroom compost, is what mushroom farmers who are in the business of growing mushroom for-profit use. Mushroom compost is an especially formulated soil to help maximize their profits. As it turns out, the formula for this is also great for vegetable gardens.
Every company that produces mushroom compost tends to tweak the formula a little bit, but most of these kinds of compost have ammonium, barn bedding straw, and rye straw, canola meal, chicken droppings, cottonseed, gypsum, nitrate, peat, potash, lime, and soybean meal. The producers carefully portion out these ingredients to try to nail down that exact formulation that will make their clients’ mushrooms really spring to life.
Before these producers ever ship out any of their product, they let it lay in heaps undergoing the process that changes these ingredients into compost. The two types of straw provide the infrastructure and the fuel for this transformation, while the chicken droppings provide the nutrition, believe it or not. It takes the bacteria about a month to transfigure these piles into the rich, mushroom compost that gardeners so cherish.
What happens during this period is that that those tiny unseen bacteria in the heaps start cooking up the insides of the heaps, transforming them into organic ovens. This purification process lays waste to any diseases that might remain in the chicken droppings. Once purified, the mushroom compost is ready for sale.
How do mushroom farmers grow mushrooms in this soil?