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Post  couponmagic on 4/1/2013, 6:07 pm

Ok, don't laugh! Well... ok you can Smile I making my first sfg. I built two 4x4x6 boxes and I have purchased vermiculite, compressed peat and the following types of compost (I plan to start composting now!)

1) Mushroom compost
2) Black Hen compost
3) Moo-nure compost
4) Earthworm castings
5) Foothills compost (created using food residuals and yard/wood trimmings)

So I am ready to start mixing up my Mel's mix and I noticed the foothills compost now has mushrooms growing in the bag. Is this a problem? Should I just pick them out or not worry about it? Also for the compressed peat, I just "fluff" it... not wet it like you would coir?

Thank you so much for any assistance!
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Post  camprn on 4/1/2013, 6:11 pm

Naw, I wouldn't worry too much, mushrooms are everywhere. Once the compost dries out some you should not see anymore mushrooms.

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Post  couponmagic on 4/1/2013, 6:15 pm

Thank you so very much! Time to get mixing! cheers
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Post  camprn on 4/1/2013, 6:20 pm

OH! Yes, do break apart and fluff the sphagnum peat before measuring and mixing. If it is dusty, a mask or a light sprinkle of water to keep the dust down is advisable. Hen you have a few inches of mix in your box, moisten that layer well, then add the rest of the Mel's mix to the top of the box and moisten that layer too.

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Post  couponmagic on 4/1/2013, 6:47 pm

Thank you!
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Post  Nicola on 4/1/2013, 11:33 pm

It probably is fine, but (being slightly obsessive at times), I would probably put that bagful through my compost sifter (we made it a coupla years ago by attaching some hardware cloth to the bottom of a 2-ft. square frame we had).
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