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Help! Why Are There Mushrooms in my Garden?

by on July 13, 2012

Mushrooms

You’re pretty meticulous when it comes to your garden. Your soil is rich, your plants are neat and you even manage to keep the garden relatively free of weeds. Okay, so maybe not so much on the weeding.

Then you wake up one morning, trek out to enjoy the morning dew on your ripening veggies and see mushrooms popping up where you never planted a mushroom at all! What gives? And did tiny evil garden gnomes come into the garden overnight and plant these mushrooms? What’s more, what do you do about them?

The good news is that it is completely normal to see mushrooms pop up from time to time. It happens most often in soil that is rich with wood matter, or in gardens that are well-mulched with wood. These mushrooms don’t know that they don’t belong in your garden, because they are born of fungi that eats the rotting wood, helping to break it down into compost.

You can pull up these mushrooms and dispose of them without concern, but you really don’t even have to do that. They are quite delicate and will usually break down on their own rather quickly. It is not recommended that you try to eat any mushroom that you find unless you are absolutely certain of its type. Many mushroom varieties are poisonous and experience in identifying them is the only sure way to know whether your mushrooms are poisonous or not.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashby July 18, 2012 at 7:19 PM

N if they happen to be morels, celebrate! 🙂

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Michael Nolan July 18, 2012 at 7:20 PM

No! If they’re morels, you should call me so I can remove them and…uhm… dispose of them properly. In a nice risotto.

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Harriette Jensen February 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Mushrooms are a sign that the mychorhyzal (sp?) part of your soil is doing it’s job. Fungi are symbiotic with other plants and often enhance the availability of food for the plants that you did feed. Mushrooms (which are fruit) don’t usually appear until the fungi thinks it needs to spread. That could mean that there isn’t enough organic matter in your soil to feed them or it could mean that they are spreading to new areas. A check of your soil’s fertility might be in order if you haven’t mulched or amended with organic materials lately.

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James September 29, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Is it eatable

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