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Help! Mold in purchased compost material?

Post  DirtFarmer on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:07 pm

I am *this close* to being able to plant! Tonight I was mixing my first ever batch of Mel's Mix, and when I opened the first bag of "Organic Soil Enriching Compost", it appeared very dry and had a lot of white "stuff" in it. The white stuff has the appearance of mold (to me). Shocked Is this okay? Is it normal? Should I use it?

I opened the other bags of compost I had purchased, and they were all nice and moist, dark, odor free and basically beautiful. I only need 1.5 more cubic feet to mix in and I'll be on my way! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm a little anxious to get planting. bounce
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Re: Help! Mold in purchased compost material?

Post  sfg4uKim on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:09 pm

Can you post a picture?

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Post  camprn on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:13 pm

Dirt, who was the manufacturer? It is probably fine, just dried out. Photo if you can please.

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Post  DirtFarmer on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:17 pm

Okay, just tried to post my first picture (hopefully it worked!). Manufacturer was Kellogg?

Here's another attempt with the bag in the picture:
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Post  DirtFarmer on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:19 pm

Okay, I only see my second attempt at the picture. Here's a close of up the actual soil with the white stuff:
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Post  camprn on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:20 pm

@DirtFarmer wrote:Okay, I only see my second attempt at the picture. Here's a close of up the actual soil with the white stuff:
that looks ok to me.

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Post  DirtFarmer on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:23 pm

Oh yay! cheers Very Happy

Thank you all so much for the quick replies, even if just to request a picture. It makes a newbie like me have so much more confidence. I'll go ahead and mix it in and water it a little since it looks sadly dried out.

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Re: Help! Mold in purchased compost material?

Post  sfg4uKim on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:47 pm

By any chance are any microbes listed on the bag? Does it look like it has a root system? Would anyone know if this might be mychorrhizal fungi which is a beneficial fungi?

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If so, then this is actually a GOOD thing.

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Re: Help! Mold in purchased compost material?

Post  DirtFarmer on Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:22 pm

Well, there was quite a bit of white growth, but not enough to determine if it had a root system (or it just didn't). I was kind of hoping it might be a good bacteria, but I've no experience with this sort of thing. I'm just happy to be able to move forward!

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Re: Help! Mold in purchased compost material?

Post  Gunny on Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:15 pm

Try holding the phone sideways. Works for me.
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Re: Help! Mold in purchased compost material?

Post  brainchasm on Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:16 am

Ugh, Kellogg brand N'Rich.

I got some of that for my first year too. Never again.

Lots of wood chips, kept finding pieces of plastic, and even a few pieces of metal (looked like soda can material).

There's a reason it's cheap...

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Post  Gunny on Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:52 am

Ahh yep. Both brands of Kellogg that I had were like that. But N-Rich was the worst. Using a quarter inch sifter I got over six cu. ft of wood chips etc. out of about as many bags. It is marketed as an amendment for heavy clay soil so I shouldn't complain about the wood chips in it. Just wouldn't use it for a seed bed if I were growing in ground. At least I have a lot of chips to use as mulch and BtE type experimental beds. So there is a bright side to this too.
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Re: Help! Mold in purchased compost material?

Post  plantoid on Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:48 am

[quote="sfg4uKim"]By any chance are any microbes listed on the bag? Does it look like it has a root system? Would anyone know if this might be mychorrhizal fungi which is a beneficial fungi?

Here are a couple examples:







If I lived in an old house that showed that fungal growth it would be condemmed as unfit for human habitation for it looks like common wood wet rot . To get to that stage you need lots of wood that's been kept wet . The spores are not good for your lungs .
I would not use such a form of bqagged compost and I deffo would not store it in any building I owned .

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Re: Help! Mold in purchased compost material?

Post  CapeCoddess on Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:10 am

[quote="DirtFarmer"]


I think your MM will fall out like that...just sayin...

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Re: Help! Mold in purchased compost material?

Post  camprn on Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:25 am

[quote="CapeCoddess"]
@DirtFarmer wrote:


I think your MM will fall out like that...just sayin...

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