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Name: Steve Jeannie Bolstridge
Fitzgerald, Georgia (Zone 8b)
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SteveandJeannie
Apr 13, 2016 9:28 PM CST
Hi, all, I began a layered compost area August 2015 with the hope to plant into it by spring of 2016. I layered cardboard, veggie-only kitchen scraps, rabbit manure, blood meal, bone meal, and topped with fresh wheat straw. Over the winter it was watered, worms were added, and it was lightly turned with a pitch fork. Recently I've had to remove more and more spots of what looks like a bad growths, and if I wait too long before removing them, they grow spores. Have I made a accurate diagnosis? I really valued this south facing bed as I've built it to 1,394 sq ft and was counting on time and patience to season it into an great spring-summer growing bed. Now I"m really worried! Your advice is very much appreciated!! Thanks so very much. We are in south Georgia, USA.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 13, 2016 9:39 PM CST
Hi, Steve and/or Jeannie! Could you maybe post a photo of the growths? It sounds to me like your area is just doing what it should do, which is "rot." I think your area is going to be fine, but I expect someone with more experience with making lasagna-type beds will be checking in here soon Smiling
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Apr 13, 2016 9:52 PM CST
I agree, it sounds like the ingredients are breaking down and composting. Fungi are nature's way of breaking organic waste down into usable components. This link has some pretty good info.

http://www.gmushrooms.com/MushroomInformation/Composting.htm
Name: Steve Jeannie Bolstridge
Fitzgerald, Georgia (Zone 8b)
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SteveandJeannie
Apr 14, 2016 12:55 PM CST
Thank you girls- here are recent photos. There is no odor at all to these.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 14, 2016 2:09 PM CST
Holy moly -- I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like that...

@Moonhowl / Jean -- is this a "vomit fungus" ?
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 14, 2016 2:34 PM CST
It is Dog Vomit Fungus which is actually a slime mold. Although disgusting looking, it proves your compost pile is doing its job. Smiling
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 14, 2016 3:52 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I really have never seen that before... and my first thought when I saw the photo was that it looked an awful lot like my dog had ralphed up his dinner! Really have to admire whoever named it Thumbs up

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Name: Steve Jeannie Bolstridge
Fitzgerald, Georgia (Zone 8b)
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SteveandJeannie
Apr 14, 2016 8:22 PM CST
Thank you so much Daisy. I found lots of info on slime mold now that you mentioned its name. This is a funny history of slime mold re: inspiring a sci-fi movie! http://archives.microbeworld.org/microbes/protista/slimemold...
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 15, 2016 10:32 AM CST
I think Texas can take credit for the largest slime molds too. I was a little kid when that movie came out. It was terrifying!

Daisy
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Coppice
Apr 15, 2016 11:36 AM CST
This is much ado about little. Stir it back in and it too will pass.

Your job as a composter is to hasten decay.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 15, 2016 11:59 AM CST
Party Pooper! Smiling

Besides, slime molds are fun! Read on:

http://www.personal.psu.edu/sam21/dogvomit.htm

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