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Yikes! Mushrooms! what to do?

Oh my, its certainly never dull in the garden is it? Just when I think I’m winning, something new pops up out of nowhere and I have a new issue to deal with. And novice-newbie gardener that I am, I really don’t know what to do with this new thing happening in one of the beds nor what is causing it. A full on growth of uninvited mushrooms – and there’s nothing magic about them! How did they get here? How can I prevent these or is it a good thing?

So here are the photographs of my “mushroom forest”. They are confined to this bed which is small and has growing in it Sacred Bamboo (Nandina Domestica), Dwarf Sacred Bamboo (Nandina Pygmaea) and Murraya Exotica. The area is shaded but gets light. The plants are all doing well in this bed, very well in fact. Lots of new healthy growth. No pests visible. So is this mushroom something to worry about and what should I do with it?


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By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

4 replies on “Yikes! Mushrooms! what to do?”

Fun in gardening! It is always something so there is rarely a quiet moment! I wouldn’t worry about them…I get them occasionally and no harm done.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. The Colorado water lily is lovely and I chose it because it can bloom with a bit of shade. Mine gets mid-to late day sun in the summer and did well last year. My neighbor’s tree is only getting bigger though…

I wouldn’t be inclined to eat them, but what do I know! I found it quaintly Swiss that you could take your basket of mushrooms, each different sort carefully separated, to a mushroom fundi, who would say eat or OUT. That is probably just your mulch peacefully turning to compost …

Ahh, thanks Diana! Mulch turning to compost is a good thing, so I’ll just let nature take its course. Thank you! I was getting a bit hysterical here thinking I would have to dig it all up. Dexter doesn’t seem interested in it so I think its safe to just leave it as is …

Hi my gardening buddy! Oh dear! That is something I won’t see here in Philly soon with the dry air we have here. Hmmmmm. I don’t think it is anything terribly worrying but it would be a worthwhile exercise to do some research on mushrooms. I know they love damp, dark and warm environments. I remember the mushroom season when I lived in Germany and how the neighbourhood went into the forests to pick them. Yikes! I would be so nervous in case they are poisonous. How can you tell!!? So lets do some googling. Never a dull moment in the garden!!

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