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QUESTION: Wild mushrooms..good or bad?

comments (2) July 2nd, 2009

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1styrgardener 1styrgardener, member
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This is my first vegetable garden and all I use is fresh soil, horse manuer and water.  I planted my seeds on mothers day and now I have some small (1-2 inches) of plants but I have mushrooms EVERYWHERE.  Is there something I need to do? Is this going to hurt my veggies?  Any input would be greatly appreciated.

 


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JerseyGirl30 writes: Mushrooms like decomposing organic matter, especially wood to grow on and also moisture. So, it means that the soil you have contains wood particles. It also means that you have a rich soil, which is a good sign. But the wood has not been decomposed properly yet. In any case, you can't really get rid of mushrooms, they have extensive underground root system. The little mushrooms you see are just like fruit on the tree, which in this case happens to be underground. So, just try learning to live with them. They will not kill or harm your veggies, don't worry. Just make sure to wash your veggies properly before eating. You can try pulling the mushrooms out as soon as they appear but it won't work really since the spored would have spread by the time you see the caps appear. The best is to remove the entire system, which would require getting rid of a lot of your top soil. Some of the mushrooms can be dangerous when eaten, so if you have kids or pets, you must keep them out of your garden. Also, after touching the mushrooms, wash your hands before eating. I went through the same :) Hope this helps :)
Posted: 2:25 pm on July 9th
LeslieinPayson writes: I would just pull them up and discard them so they don't take up too much space. I had some come up, and I researched whether or not they were edible. I found one funny web site that said there are a LOT of different kinds of LBMs (little brown mushrooms) and that most of them were OK, but some could kill you, and that not even the experts can identify all of them.
Posted: 1:46 pm on July 9th
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