Crossfield, AB Gardener Appreciation Day is back!

April 29, 2024

Highline Mushrooms is happy to continue the Gardener Appreciation Day tradition.

Gardener Appreciation Day is going to be held on May 11, 2024.

On Saturday, the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. We will have a loader present to load trucks/ trailers up to one ton in size. The spent mushroom substrate will be given away and loaded for free while supplies last. This loading area will be on the East side of the farm. Follow directions to where they are loading.

Gardeners still can come out and load their own containers at no charge as always – The area is located on the right side of the driveway as you enter the farm premises. Hand tools are only allowed in this area.

Gardeners in central Alberta look forward to Gardener Appreciation Day every year. The spent mushroom substrate will make lawns, shrubs, gardens, and trees flourish even in the worst of soils. It adds vital nutrients and organic matter that plants need for healthy and long-lasting growth. Peat moss makes up a small part of the compost, further enhancing its soil conditioning properties.  

This highly organic substrate is the fertile medium used to grow commercial mushrooms. Because the growing needs of mushrooms and green plants are different, very little of the patrients in the compost that green plants utilize are used up in the mushroom growing process.

Spent Mushroom Substrate is probably the finest yet most cost-effective substrate you can use in your garden. The spent mushroom substrate is a totally organic, moist, rich mixture of straw, peat moss, lime, gypsum, and poultry litter.

It’s ideal for;

  •  Breaking down clay soils.
  •  Mulching.
  •  Lawn dressing.
  •  Tree planting.
  •  General soil improvement.
  •  Vegetable growing.

When using spent mushroom substrate for your garden beds, apply 2-3 inches across the surface to be planted till the compost to a depth of about 6 to 8 inches. Your beds are now ready to be planted. When using the substrate for potted plants, fill no more than ¾ of the volume of the pot with spent mushroom substrate. Fill the remaining volume of the pot with garden soil and mix it thoroughly. The same can be done with tree and shrub holes around the house.”

The spent mushroom substrate is a very good soil supplement; it is not advised to use it as a soil replacement.

Highline Mushrooms West: Crossfield Farm is located between Airdrie and Crossfield on the East side of Queen Elizabeth Highway #2. We are straight east of the Dickson-Stevenson Rest Stop.  Go 10 kilometres north of Airdrie to the Crossfield/Drumheller exit (Highway 72). Take the Drumheller exit east and kilometres to the service road. Tum right on the service road and follow it back south to the farm location.