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Not mad about these mushrooms

We have had a spell of warm weather followed by wet weather. Perfect conditions for mushroom growing! Well – I have had a few of them growing on my grass patch! I am not sure if these are edible, but no matter if they are or not, I’m NOT going to eat them!

Can anybody help me with this species of mushroom?

[one_half]What mushroom is this?[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Peziza Vesiculosa[/one_half_last]

I also found this horrible looking growth in my raised beds! Oh dear! I hope this is not poisonous! I immediately Googled fungus, mushrooms, poisonous fungus……. every possible combination. I finally came to the exact photo of what I have in my garden and I was relieved to find it is NOT poisonous. It is known as the Domicile Cup Fungus.

An unusual cup fungus called “dung cup” (Peziza vesiculosa). This species commonly grows on dung, manure and rotting straw in corrals, stables, gardens and other fertilized areas. Well, at least I know that my soil is rich in nutrients 🙂

Happy Gardening xxx

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

4 replies on “Not mad about these mushrooms”

You made me chuckle. I am actually allergic to mushrooms so I also hate to see them. We had the same types of things sprouting this past spring when it was so damp and humid. But once the weather dried a bit, they disappeared and never returned.

Don’t know what it is, but it looks almost glassy! Very nice! I’d be taking photos of that like crazy… mushrooms and other fungi are some of my favorite subjects to photograph.

You’ve seen the mushroom photos on my blog? (I’d post a link but wasn’t sure if that was ok)

On the subject of being poisonous — remember that safe for humans doesn’t mean safe for all creatures (and vice versa) and you do have chickens… Do animals have instincts when it comes to mushrooms and which ones are ok to eat? I’ve never thought about it before.

Hi Alan – no, but I’ll check out your post on mushrooms – thanks. They are very interesting because I don’t see them often in my neck of the woods. I guess we both need to do some googling on mushrooms. I would imagine that animals have instincts but also that their “parents” teach them about things like that. I know with my chickens, when they see something they don’t eat, they stare at the thing, then shake their head – as if they are saying “no”! Weird, but true!

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