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#1 BKennedy017

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:18 PM

I will be doing two raised beds this year and have been contemplating what to do about dirt in them. Any issue with just filling with 100% mushroom soil? I want to keep it Organic. Suggestions, comments, opinions?

 

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:22 PM

With my raised bed I'm gonna use some top soil (because it's rather large) and I'm going to mix in mushroom compost from a local mulch company. I've also heard people say it's good to mix sand in for drainage..

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:24 PM

:welcome: ....I've read very good things about mushroom compost. Maybe add some peat moss if it's on the heavy side and there's a slew of organic ferts out there!


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:25 PM

I have a hard time finding sand that isn't full of salts and other stuff commonly found in construction sands.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:34 PM

What about regular playbox sand?


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 02:08 PM

I think whatever you use that you will want to mix it with the top soil. There is (should be) sand in that. If you dig them out before you add anything you can get a lot deeper. Drainage in a raised bed isnt anything to really worry about unless the spot you're putting it over doesnt drain either.

 

I also like a really deep mulch. I like at least 4-6" of chipped wood (free from the city).

 


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 02:13 PM

Use coarse sand

Edited by Proud Marine Dad, 12 January 2014 - 02:14 PM.

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 02:26 PM

Input on adding vermiculite?



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 02:40 PM

Are you making a potting mix?


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 02:49 PM

Might do raised beds as 3'x8'x18" garden wagons to move them around for better sun light...

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 02:59 PM

Mushroom soil has wonderful texture and has been sterilized. It makes a great component, but the nutrients  are depleted in growing repeated mushrooms crops.   They replace it with new mixture when their analysis indicates it is 'worn out nutritionally', the old stuff is sold to area gardeners for soil amendment.  When we lived in Chester Co. PA, we were lucky  to have mushroom houses within 1/2 mile.  I always had a truckload of mushroom soil piled in my back lot and side dressed all our shrubs and borders. We also had a small truckload of rotten chicken dung from a local farm.  I turned that into my veggie patch every winter with the mushroom soil, plus enough dolomite to keep the ph up to ~ 6.5.

 

Here is a valuable reference for your county.... http://www.pennyston.../cumberland.php

 

My soil was heavy red clay and absolutely required amendment and plenty of dolomite.

If I had added sand to my red clay and then water = concrete.  

Absolute must was dolomite, humus, compost or similar.


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