Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by Turan Today at 3:02 am

» 2017 corn pictures
by sanderson Today at 2:59 am

» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by sanderson Today at 2:22 am

» Hello gardener's
by bigdogrock Today at 1:59 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by bigdogrock Today at 1:35 am

» What I've learned this year
by countrynaturals Today at 1:17 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by countrynaturals Today at 1:13 am

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by hammock gal Yesterday at 11:43 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Kelejan Yesterday at 10:20 pm

» Plumeria ?
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:07 pm

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by llama momma Yesterday at 5:58 pm

» New England August 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:45 pm

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:38 pm

» Baba Ghanoush
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:04 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 3:05 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:30 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:09 pm

» The Best Steps for Storing Tomatillos
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:41 pm

» Caterpillars -Armyworm?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 12:58 am

» Oregon City Newbie
by trolleydriver 8/19/2017, 5:04 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by sanderson 8/19/2017, 4:53 pm

» who has chickens
by llama momma 8/18/2017, 5:40 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by trolleydriver 8/18/2017, 4:10 pm

» Franken-mato!!!
by hammock gal 8/18/2017, 11:48 am

» Mid-Atl - Aug 2017 - Planning/Planting Fall/Winter Garden
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/18/2017, 3:05 am

» Amaranth
by Scorpio Rising 8/18/2017, 1:53 am

» It's actually more like surviving.... these days...
by RoOsTeR 8/17/2017, 7:14 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals 8/17/2017, 6:40 pm

» Heat wave and shade screen
by sanderson 8/17/2017, 5:17 pm

» Sweet Potatoes
by sanderson 8/17/2017, 5:04 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Leaf Mold Warning

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Leaf Mold Warning

Post  CapeCoddess on 12/3/2012, 5:31 pm

I hadn't planned on turning my compost pile again this year but the weather was so nice yesterday that I got out there and did it. I didn't get to water it as I've put the hoses away for the winter.

The pile is HUGE, and as I dug toward the center where the leaves were drier due to the heat, there were clouds of leaf mold spewing into the air to the likes that I've never experienced before, and I was in the midst of it. I'm guessing that the large quantities of the seaweed I added may have something to do with the increase in mold since the clouds seemed to have a bit of a blue-green tint. What a Face

Soooo, last night I noticed that my lungs felt a bit tender, but not today. Although today my allergy symptoms are in full force.

Anyway, I was wondering what the affects of breathing in leaf mold could be, if any. I found this article from 2008, but not much else:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1026153/Gardener-dies-breathes-deadly-fungus-rotted-leaves-compost-heap.html#ixzz2E0gJ8hSE

I've been composting for years and never even thought about this. Hence forth, I'll be wearing one of those little white face masks when turning the pile.

CC
avatar
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6308
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 61
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Leaf Mold Warning

Post  Kelejan on 12/3/2012, 6:10 pm

You never know, CC, you may have saved one of us from death or a serious illness.
I know that when I pulverise eggshells in my kitchen, I make sure that I avoid the little white cloud that arises from it when I take the lid off the container. Also careful when handling vermiculite.
avatar
Kelejan

Female Posts : 4935
Join date : 2011-04-25
Age : 82
Location : Castlegar, British Columbia

View user profile http://www.castlegarinkspot.ca

Back to top Go down

Re: Leaf Mold Warning

Post  bnoles on 12/3/2012, 7:12 pm

Thanks CC, it is always good to know when something may be hazardous to our health and well being. I will add this one to my ever growing list.

bnoles

Male Posts : 804
Join date : 2012-08-16
Location : North GA Mountains Zone 7A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Leaf Mold Warning

Post  llama momma on 12/3/2012, 9:12 pm

Thank you for that warning. I noticed I was coughing more since being around the compost so much recently. And I was staying upwind from a cloud of white when forking old straw/hay, still think it was in the air anyway. I will use the white mask around the compost from now on, instead of only using it when mulching leaves. THANK YOU So Much as this crazy extended warm weather is keeping me outside more than ever.
avatar
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4841
Join date : 2010-08-20
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Leaf Mold Warning

Post  plantoid on 12/3/2012, 10:04 pm

I suspect that keeping your heap damp whilst it's undergoing composting and not going for the hi dry composting temps helps keep the spores down .

I'd be very wary of ever forking through any whitish mould parts in compost with out damp;ing it down well for it will be akin to getting the " Farmers Lung " mould spores off badly made hay .
avatar
plantoid

Male Posts : 3718
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Leaf Mold Warning

Post  llama momma on 12/3/2012, 11:56 pm

Here is more info on farmer's lung if anyone wants it , and Plantoid you are right, this article mentions moistening dusty hay, etc. just like you said. Holds down the nasty spores.

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/442/442-602/442-602.html
avatar
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4841
Join date : 2010-08-20
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Leaf Mold Warning

Post  plantoid on 12/4/2012, 3:30 pm

From what I now understand ...The sooner you get the mould to decay & break down in a compost the better that's where the additional moisture input comes in and speeds things up.
avatar
plantoid

Male Posts : 3718
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Leaf Mold Warning

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum