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Louisville, Colorado
RookieGardener11
May 2, 2020 5:10 PM CST
Greetings!

We live in the Denver area of Colorado and I've been struggling to grow veggies in raised beds for the last three years. Last year I had my soil tested and learned that my soil is nitrogen deficient. So I added blood meal to amend the soil. Last season my yields were really bad and I assumed it was me over or under watering because of my work travel schedule. But this year I'm determined to make it work it since I'm not traveling!

I'm writing to today to see if anyone can identify what looks like a high level of mold in my soil. See photos: one close up shot and one of the whole bed for more context .

I know molds and fungus are naturally occurring at certain levels in healthy soil. But this seems excessive. Please advise and thanks in advance!

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 2, 2020 5:43 PM CST
Welcome!

What are the brown clumps the mold is growing on?
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Louisville, Colorado
RookieGardener11
May 2, 2020 7:25 PM CST
Hi—
Sorry I didn't describe the photos better: those are clumps of soil that I was digging up to turn the soil and add some compost. The mold wasn't visible on the surface, it was visible as I dug up it up. And by the way, I'm using the word mold loosely, because maybe it's a fungus.

Thank You!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 2, 2020 9:19 PM CST
Mold is a type of fungus so you are right. I think its mold growing on the organic components of your soil.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

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