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Post by Balinbear on 5th June 2011, 19:24

Ha sanyone used this for their roses. I read up on it an it appears to be alkaline which would helpto improve our acidic soild.

However I do remember from high school chemistry that acid plus basic results in salt. Anyone got any ideas?
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Post by Ozeboy on 5th June 2011, 21:30

Doesn't seem to have a great amount of nutritional value. However it is a long time since I used it, might have improved since then.

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 6th June 2011, 06:49

Gary, what would you class your soil as, sand, heavy loam, clay, or any other. Dolomite will change the pH as will gypsum, but not give the soil any nutrients to have increased fertility, which I would think you are looking for as well.
Is the mushroom compost old and any idea of it's pH.
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Post by Balinbear on 6th June 2011, 07:33

roseman

Our soil is mainly sandy and very water resistent in places. We have added lime to try to lift the ph but it is a slow process.

The compost is to add organic matter to the soil. I am not sure of the PH of the compost (I might do a test today if I can find the test kit) but it is well worn.

From what I have read elsewhere it appears that it is usually well used horse manure which has lost most of its nutritional value. I figure though it may add to the water retention etc of the soil and keep the worms happpy.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 6th June 2011, 17:49

Gary is the the Mushroom compost to be incorperated in the soil or placed on the top and allowed to decompose into your existing soils.
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Post by The Estate on 6th June 2011, 18:09

I like it mixed with eucy mulch, I use a lot of it when I hav ethe time, keeps weeds at bay Smile
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Post by Balinbear on 6th June 2011, 20:39

Roseman

We are digging some of it into the soil where it is very sandy and dry but mostly just on top like normal mulch.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 7th June 2011, 06:12

Gary, do you have room in the beds to do the trench method of turning the soil, if so you could fill half with Mushroom compost and hopefully the microbes in the soil will do some of the work for you along with the earth worms.
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Post by Guest on 7th June 2011, 07:57

Dave if I looked down and saw a mushroom looking up at me with those eyes I dont think I could chop him up and have it for breakfast on toast

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 8th June 2011, 06:31

Gary, how big an area have you got to do with the Mushroom compost.
Warren the mushroom was added to the smilies before as Bruce(Ozeboy) was left out of a conversation and felt like one.
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Post by Balinbear on 8th June 2011, 08:31

Roseman

We are just redoing a section of the garden along a pathway about 15 metres long and there is a place that sells the mushroom compost for 60c a bag (15-20kg?) near our place so we bought $20 worth. We have dug holes about 800mm diameter and dug the soil out and replaced it with better soil and mixed in the mushroom compost.

We have also thrown what was left on top of the soil aound exisitng roses (mainly as mulch but I figure it will breakdown into the soil).
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Post by Ozeboy on 9th June 2011, 09:45

Roseman, you can't use my Trademark.

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 9th June 2011, 12:53

Bruce, does this come under trademark, registered or the big one PBR
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Post by Ozeboy on 9th June 2011, 20:44

David, not quite sure now but I know it used to belong to me. Perhaps the patent time has elapsed.

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 10th June 2011, 05:58

Can I/we borrow it at times and pay the royalties to you lol!
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