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Rio1
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:46 am    Post subject: Mushrooms in veg bed Reply with quote

Hi
Must say love the gardening forum - new to post but this site is packed with great advice and provides a lot of inspiration.
This is the first year for my raised veg beds, I got some topsoil, manure and compost in to start them off. All great and veg is thriving but with the wet weather all my beds are covered with mushrooms I believe that this is a good sign but as I have a small curious child who loves to garden with me I am concerned. If anyone could identify also will mushrooms come back each year.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're lbj's (little brown jobs). Inedible, but harmless to your crops. Yes, they may reappear, as the mushrooms are only the fruiting parts, the fungus is underground, but their prescence indicates mycorrhizal activity, which is a good thing, and will help the roots of your plants.

If you really want to identify fungi, get Roger Phillips' book. You have to collect the spores, and then do a dichotomous (yes/no) key test. There are tens of thousands of small fungi. I can say that you shouldn't eat them, they won't harm your crops, and they are not one of the really dangerous families.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thaks Tippben for the reply,

i might look up that book as i want my child to be intrested in the veg but i dont want her to mess with these mushrooms if i dont know what they are.
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