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Post  fooddudeincola on 4/12/2011, 6:10 am

Does anyone (in SC) have experience with Dixie Mix? Some of the people in my community garden share by the stuff. It would be half the price of making a batch of MM. Any thoughts?

http://www.dixielandscapesupply.com/dixielandscape/products/gardening.html

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Post  boffer on 4/12/2011, 10:01 am

It's mushroom compost, which is a great start for you. Now just 4 more to go! cheers
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Post  walshevak on 4/12/2011, 10:23 am

I notice the site sells mushroom compost as well as Dixie Mix which is "based" on mushroom compost. Without knowing what else is blended into the mix, I would go with the mushroom compost plus 4 others, my own vermiculite and peat moss. Then I'd know the blend was right.


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Re: Dixie Mix

Post  dizzygardener on 4/12/2011, 10:35 am

Using Mel's Mix is essential to the SFG system. If you want a SFG as opposed to just a raised bed you need to make the mix. I wouldn't trust that Dixie Mix in my SFG. This is an intensive gardening format. Your growing medium must be very very rich because you are planting things closer and in a different format than one normally would.

MM= 1/3 peat, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 blended(at least 5) compost.

Like boffer said, I'd get the mushroom compost and then look for 4 more composts.
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Post  boffer on 4/12/2011, 10:45 am

Oops, Kay is right, it's a blend.

I got side-tracked on their website reading about the mushroom compost.

I buy mushroom compost bulk, a yard at a time. On a hot day, the odor can knock me to my knees. It singes my nose hairs, stings my eyes, and makes me want to gargle with gasoline to get the taste out of my mouth. The odor clings to my clothes. I haul it in a trailer. When I stop at a stop sign the odor catches up with me. Windows opened or closed, it gets me.

This is the fourth year that I've put it into my compost pile. I figure anything that smells that bad has got to be some good stuff :!:
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Post  staf74 on 4/12/2011, 12:10 pm

From their website. Some additional details of contents....

Mushroom Compost is a totally organic, dark, rich, moist mixture of wheat
straw, peat moss, cottonseed meal, cottonseed hulls, corncobs, cocoa bean
shells, gypsum, lime, chicken litter and/or horse stable bedding. This
combination of ingredients is used in commercial mushroom farms to grow
mushrooms. These materials are composted for many weeks and then placed
into a huge room, where it is completely sterilized. After the
sterilization is complete, the compost is then placed into growing trays,
where the mushroom growing cycle begins.

However, this is probably the industry standard for most Mushroom composts. The products page mentions Dixie mix but not its entire ingredient profile. Probably because its a registered trademark.....hush hush.....its a secret Wink . So it might just be mushroom compost "diluted" down with extra peat moss etc. So without knowing for sure, you might end up with an unbalanced Mel's Mix using this.

My limited research on the product Very Happy
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Post  dizzygardener on 4/12/2011, 12:36 pm

Point of clarification: They sell 'pure' mushroom compost in addition to the dixie mix. I'm saying you should get the mushroom compost NOT the Dixie mix.

Sorry if that was unclear.
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Post  martha on 4/12/2011, 12:40 pm

So, I was thinking that mushroom compost was composted mushrooms. Embarassed

And I was thinking it must smell almost as good as sauteed mushrooms.

Guess that's what I get for thinking!

I'm less envious now, because I have yet been able to find any.
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