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Question for an experienced composter
    #600609 - 04/06/02 04:36 PM (16 years, 4 months ago)

My first compost pile has done well and I have 3 large containers colonizing fast.
I left the remaining finished compost in a pile outside in my shed.
After about 5 days I checked the pile and there was an unknown whispy mycelium growing and many buttons everywhere. I even found one fully grown mushroom in the middle.
My question is if I lay out the compost real thin and allow it to dry out, and later when I am ready to use it, can I pasteurize it and it will still be useable, or is it ruined?
Will the unknown mushroom mycelium use up all of the nutrients?
Has anyone had this problem before?

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Re: Question for an experienced composter [Re: mike13]
    #601177 - 04/07/02 09:52 AM (16 years, 4 months ago)

Just leave your compost pile... as a pile. Drying it out will defeat the composting process. Your compost is natually teaming with bacteria, insects etc... that is part of the composting/decaying process. If it is out doors, it is always possible it will pick up some type of mushroom spores that could flourish... since your growing anyway, I would be waiting to see whats coming up in the pile... you just never know :smile: might be real interesting.
If you need some of the compost for a more controlled "experiment" the pasturizing process will eliminate any mushrooms, mycellium, or spores it might contain. So your compost is fine.

Have fun.

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