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Pennsylvania mushroom compost
    #458045 - 11/14/01 01:29 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

I was doing a little research at the college library when I ran into this ditty. This is an exerpt from Organic Gardening Magazine. Full citation below:

Miraculous mushroom compost

If you live in or near eastern Pennsylvania, you can tap the area's rich supply of mushroom compost--the medium used to grow mushrooms commercially. Mushroom compost (also called mushroom soil) is a blend of one-third horse manure, one-third spoiled hay and one-third ground corncobs with a 1.4-1-1 NPK value and near-neutral pH, making it an excellent soil amendment!

"We've been adding it to our garden each year for the past 11 years and now our soil is dark, loose and loamy," says Lee Shrawder of Hawk Valley Farm in Kempton, Pa., a noted local supplier of organic mushroom compost. A bulk load of his mushroom soil "created" editor McG's raised beds--and cost McG less than $100 for 16 tons, delivered! (Most places will also deliver in bulk or fill up a pick-up truck with mushroom soil for a mere $5 to $10.)

Organic mushroom compost, by the way, is what you want. "Ours is steam-treated to kill weed seeds and competing fungi and molds; some other mushroom composts are chemically treated," explains Shrawder.

Kennett Square, Pa., is known as "the mushroom capital of the world," but mushroom growers are scattered throughout other regions too. Check with your local cooperative extension office for names of nearby growers.

Mattern, Vicki. "Organic riches you can reap in your region! Recycle these locally abundant organic "wastes" into soil-renewing humus!." Organic Gardening Mar. 1994: p26.

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Re: Pennsylvania mushroom compost [Re: greenplato]
    #458050 - 11/14/01 01:36 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Normally, mushroom compost means spent substrate. Plants thrive on organic materials already decomposed by saprophytic mushrooms.

Most commercial mushroom farms turn their own compost. The ones who buy it do so by the truckload.

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Re: Pennsylvania mushroom compost [Re: Insomnia]
    #458115 - 11/14/01 02:53 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Yeah, what he said. Most of the Button mushrooms grown in the US are grown in Eastern PA. Mushroom compost is perfect for gardening, but useless for growing any mushrooms, because it is spent mushroom medium. If you live in the Philly area, and are interested in gardening, you should check out WHYY radio on Sat, mornings from 11am-Noon. Mike McGrath, the editor of "Organic Gardening Magazine" has a show about gardening, and he really knows his shit. He also has guests on every once in a while, including the head of the mycology dept. from a local agricultural college. They will answer many of your mushroom growing questions, as long as you don't come right out and say what kind you are growing on the air.

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Re: Pennsylvania mushroom compost [Re: greenplato]
    #458600 - 11/14/01 10:50 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

I guess I should have snipped the exerpt even shorter. I'm aware that "spent" mushroom compost is of no use for growing mushies, I just wanted to contribute the compost recipe for any home composters that could use and idea or two.

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