John from takes you to DenBeste Yard and Garden Supply to answer the question if you should use Mushroom Compost as well as other recycled material that has been blended into the soil for your vegetable garden.

First, John will tell you more about DenBeste, a premier soil provider in Sonoma County, California. You will learn how they supply soil to Caltrans as well as many popular wineries in the area.

You will discover some of the many ingredients they use to blend their soil mixes to ensure growing results.

First, John will climb up the water town at DenBeste to give you an overview of the soil yard. Next, John will take you around to many of the different materials that DenBeste offers and shares his opinions on them.

You will learn about: pea gravel, wood chips, sawdust, mushroom compost, horse manure compost, brewery waste, volcanic rock, and quarried soil.

Next, you will learn about some of the heavy equipment at DenBeste including the loader and soil mixer that allows them to create their soil blends.

Finally, John interviews Paul Denbeste, the owner of Denbeste soils.
You will learn the answers to the following questions:
16:30 Why did you start the landscape supply company?
17:06 Can your soil be used to grow medicinal herbs?
18:00 Tell me more about the soil you designed?
18:44 What are some of the companies that you have sold your products to?
19:57 How can someone get ahold of you?

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Referenced Video:
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  • tellison109

    I love your channel BUT you are dead wrong with the "filling pathways with mulch and cardboard". I've had my raised garden for 7 years and let me tell you, I did just that and after year 2 or 3 years the mulch and cardboard will start to break down and you will have yourself a weeded mess on your hands my friend. My advice, don't do it!! Inside the raised bed yes, but within the pathway…NO. You're better off using garden landscape, sand and pebble gravel for your walk way and leave the organic components to the raised beds.

  • Ryin88

    So the answer is yes, cuz fungus decomposes matter. However, ask what the mushrooms were grown on…make sure its mushroom compost that was made from material that produces mushroom for food.

  • Kyle S

    Mushrooms are able to break down complex molecules so contamination shouldn't be a concern (unless substrate contains heavy metals which is very unlikely).

  • Gewgulkan Suhckitt

    I'd trust horse manure more than chicken or cow manure because people who raise animals for meat are focused on growing the animals big as fast as possible whereas with horses they are more into creating a healthy animal.

  • tom jackson

    Where I live in Florida, mushroom compost usually has dollar weeds in it, and they are incredibly invasive and difficult to get rid of.

  • judy alexander

    John, Another informative and extremely well presented garden of knowledge. I LOVE your videos, especially the longer ones. I kind of get in the learning groove with them. I like it that you don't talk a mile a minute and when you are interviewing some person you ask a question and let them actually answer in full AND you are attentive while they speak. Go figure…

  • donnalong

    I read that walnut sawdust or shred is not good for gardening because it walnut has a natural weedkiller that is not beneficial for growing?

  • Matt's Shop

    Be careful with Horse/cow manure. If they spray herbicides, they all do it, on their hay/grass fields it WILL transfer through to the manure. It will damage your broad leaf plants. Look up aminoparalyd herbicide in Google. No one really knows how long it takes to break down in the soil, and can make it where nothing will your garden for years. If stuff grows the plants can be effected and damaged.

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