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Hi crew, I was just going back through postings in GTT and found a couple of questions I had not caught up with.
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More of a catch up, well done BLF

Started by Anthony Foo. Last reply by Florence Oct 20, 2015. 3 Replies

New wicking bed module

Started by Mark Thomson. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Apr 26, 2012. 51 Replies

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Comment by Donna on February 11, 2010 at 19:36
Hi Cameron, looks like it might be nematodes. You can drench your soil with molasses/ water mix but this will kill all life including microbiobial and worms...

Otherwise maybe a mustard green manure crop dug in may be helpful. It is said that planting different family crops will avoid this, however in my sandy soil it doesn't seem to matter what I plant they all end up with the same issue...

Make sure you don't move the soil from this area into another to try and limit the infection (for want of a better term).

Marigolds is said to be good for companion planting with nematodes, but didn't seem to work for me - although I think it is one specific type and you are supposed to dig them in so may have been my fault.
Comment by Lotte on February 8, 2010 at 9:48
Don't talk about Peter Cundall. I have the hots for him. Age is normally a barrier for me, but not when it comes to Pete. Rrr, rrr.
Comment by Addy on January 26, 2010 at 11:17
We get spent mushroom compost from the mushroom man at Lawnton market - really good stuff, and sometimes a few mushrooms pop up, as a bonus! The seller told us not to add blood and bone as there's enough in it, but to put a bit of lime, and let it age a bit. It gets dumped into our "soil pit", mixed in with all th eother stuff, and looks so good, you could eat it!! (doing a Peter Cundall, here!)
Comment by Donna on January 26, 2010 at 11:07
I read somewhat that mushroom compost is initially comprised of chicken manure and straw... not sure what they then use, it would likely depend on the place?

But Annette McFarlane is a bit dubious about whether the ones readily available have even had a mushroom waved in the general direction...
Comment by Lotte on January 26, 2010 at 10:25
Is mushroom compost actually organic??
Comment by Donna on November 8, 2009 at 9:12
How long does corn pollen last - if I collect it in a paper bag and put it in the fridge for example, would it last for a few weeks and be able to be used again on the next plants?
Comment by Addy on July 20, 2009 at 19:00
Here's the ad I saw in the sunshine coast local papers last week:
MUSHROOM Compost 50c a bag, 322 Upper Landershute Road, Palmwoods. 54459149 or Charles 0438019463.
Location: Sunshine Coast | Published Date: 16 Jul 2009
Comment by Florence on July 20, 2009 at 12:18
I rang Mushroom exchange, the place Cassandra mentioned. They gave me a contact who does delivery of their mushroom compost for them. Minimum order is 5 cubic metre, and they charge $182 deliver to my place, so the delivery is $32 which is similar to how much local landscapers charge, but 5 cubic metre seems a bit too much for me :(
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 19, 2009 at 21:09
Thirty bucks for close to a tonne of mushroom compost sounds like very good value! I'd go for it if I had a trailer and a couple of strong helpers :-) - Elaine
Comment by Donna on May 7, 2009 at 8:27
Thanks Cassandra, although I do have my own pile of dirt now which I tried to get rid of awhile ago! When I finally get around to doing some new gardens around the perimeter it will come in very handy anyway.

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