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Pumpkinman
May 16, 2017 1:06 PM CST
Hi,
While digging out my giant pumpkin hole I am noticing lots of little (dime size and smaller) white clods
of dirt that easily crumble in my hand. I did have a fall/winter compost pile over that area, but am seeing these
little clods a couple of feet deeper. Is this a bad fungus---what do you think?
Thanks, Kurt
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DaisyI
May 16, 2017 1:07 PM CST
Welcome!

Can you attach some photos and tell us where in the world these little white clots are located?
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RickCorey
May 16, 2017 3:21 PM CST
Once I mixed too many wood chips into a bed (instead of just top-dressing with them as I should have). It developed a huge mass of ugly white, "dusty" fungus.

Almost nothing grew that year due to the nitrogen deficit caused by soil microbes plumping up on cellulose, and then sucking every last molecule of nitrogen out of the soil. But the bed came back fine the next year.

Now, I don't really know this, but now I do assume that any underground fungus will at most be a temporary problem.

In your case, it does sound as if your compost heap dripped many goodies into your soil and made it over-rich. If others agree that there is no risk, I might try to dilute the over-rich soil by swapping a few wheelbarrows-full of soil among that bed and other beds.

Or just plant something in it that likes very fertile, very organic soil. You mentioned pumpkins - planting pumpkins under a compost heap sounds like good planning to me!

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