Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mushrooms Love Mulch

We have mushrooms sprouting up in every part of the vegetable garden. They are growing on the mulch everywhere you look.  I took all of the above photos yesterday afternoon, and was amazed that there are no two alike.  The mushrooms are beautiful and creepy at the same time.

These fungi are not harmful to the vegetables growing nearby, although they are poisonous and should never be eaten. There are lots of articles on the web devoted to the subject. Here's an excerpt from an Extension Service article:

       The fungi involved in the decomposition of landscape mulches
       are natural components of the mulch environment. These
       fungi are not harmful to landscape plants, and no known
       health hazards are associated with them unless they are eaten.

Mushrooms actually aid in keeping the soil healthy and rich with diverse organisms, so if they are present in your garden count yourself lucky.  Just don't be tempted to eat them.

1 comment:

  1. Oh! i love mushrooms!but i am glad i am not the only person who finds them creepy ( not just the fact they are poisonous but just look wise!) aswell as yummy!!
    I would love to grow mushrooms! but we havent any room *Blames the british weather* :( I love the fact you grow your own stuff!!


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