Soil Amendments

What Should Mushroom Compost Look Like?

DG added on May 10, 2011 | Answered

Just had compost laid in the flower beds. It is dark in color, dry and crumbly with what looks like shredded bark in it. It has absolutely no odor. I am taking a sample to the garden center. I believe this not to be mushroom compost. Comment?

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Answered on May 10, 2011

That is what mushroom compost can look like. Mushrooms can grow in manure or on decaying wood or both, depending on the variety. When you get mushroom compost, you are essentially getting these substances after they have been well rotted during the mushroom growing process.

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