Mushrooms growing all over my veggie garden!

sweetbrat(z6 MI)July 14, 2010

This is the first year I've used mulch on my veggie garden, but decided to due to issues with weeds. After doing some reading, I decided to mulch with straw. Well, we've had a lot of rain and hot weather lately, and now I have mushrooms popping up all over. I'm also concerned about the soil being too wet underneath. Is there something I should do, or just wait for drier weather and let things keep going as they are? I want to make sure my garden stays healthy. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

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gjcore(zone 5 Aurora Co)

Mushrooms usually die fairly quickly in my garden and I mulch with lots of different things.

It's probably nothing to worry about that.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 7:47PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Generally, mushrooms are doing us a favor by decomposing other organic materials and making the nutrients from them availble to other plants. I wouldn't worry about it.
hortster

    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 7:48PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

The mushrooms are the fruit of a fungal colony in your soil and they grow because that fungal colony is fairly content and wants top spread, thus the mushrooms that will spread the spores. Your soil may contain quite a bit of undigested wood which is usually why I find mushrooms growing in my soil, I've not usually seen them just because I spread straw.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 6:28AM
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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

g'day sweetbrat,

mushrooms are a good sign of a healthy garden, if they are edible all the better, lots aren't of course.

len

Here is a link that might be useful: lens garden page

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 3:22PM
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idaho_gardener

Do a search on this forum for the term mycorrhizal. Mushrooms are a very, very good indication that your soil is a friendly environment for fungi. Most plant benefit from a mycorrhizal relationship.

You be the judge; how are your plants doing? Are they happy?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 7:47PM
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diggerjones

I'd say mushrooms, like earthworms, showing up is a good sign. Mushrooms need moisture and organic matter to grow. They don't need light. Sounds like your garden soil has good organic content and microbes. However, you should research editable mushrooms before eating them. There are mushrooms that grow around here in horse manure piles (we have lots of horses in the area) that certain folks gather for their "mind-bending" properties. They actually trespass to collect them. So eating mushrooms indiscriminatly may take you "far-out".

Here is a link that might be useful: Worms Are Our Friends

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 10:22AM
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