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Old 12-06-2007, 07:12 AM posted to rec.gardens.edible
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Default White specks on mulch - still in the bag

My bag of mulch has white specks in it that looks like powder. I don't
recall seeing it on there last year. I bought and opened it last year.
I stored the mulch in it's original bag and then placed that bag in a
trash bag and tied it up. I've kept the bag in my spare room since I
got it last year.

Is this mulch ok to use on my plants?


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This should be fine. This happens due to the dampness created in the bag and the natural decomposition.
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Default White specks on mulch - still in the bag

On Jun 11, 11:12?pm, "Mike S." wrote:
My bag of mulch has white specks in it that looks like powder. I don't
recall seeing it on there last year. I bought and opened it last year.
I stored the mulch in it's original bag and then placed that bag in a
trash bag and tied it up. I've kept the bag in my spare room since I
got it last year.

Is this mulch ok to use on my plants?


It is absolutely OK to use on your plants. The while spots are a
fungus or mold from the residual moisture that was in the bag when you
put it into storage. When spread out on the soil, the sun will kill it
if it has any residual moisture. If not, fungus and mold is part of
any healthy soil chemistry and will do no harm. I have used similar
soil amendments in my flower and vegetable garden with no ill results.
The only place I want a completley sterile growing mix if for seed
flats. I however buy a dry sterile non soil medium for seeds to keep
them from molding when sprouting. Hope this helps. Regards - Jim



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