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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:21 pm    Post subject: White fungus in soil - what is it? Reply with quote

I have clumps of a white fungus spreading through the long border in my garden. I've tried taking photo's - but they turn out quite rubbish. It's like the camera is saying 'what am I looking at here?'.

I've googled it and found loads of photo's but never a straight answer - what is it and do I need to worry. Some of the plants it comes into contact with are OK, but there are a few perennials AND a couple of shrubs that are looking decidedly iffy. Last year I had to remove a Physocarpus 'Dart's Gold' but the Physocarpus 'Diabolo' next to it is fine - the fungus is not as bad there.

It is really pxxxing me off. When I dig any of it up it stinks of 'mushrooms' and looks unsightly and I can't even put a name to it!

I also found it on lettuces I was growing in a container - none of them were growing well. HELP!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photos auntie Sue, photos.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought you might say that. I warn you, they are not good.

Does that give you any better ideas?



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that what passes for soil in Nordieland?
Too much moisture in the soil. Rake it over and let it dry out. Mould is no harm to plants.
Told you that your sceogh is leaking!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you add a top dressing if so this is a fungus growing on it should not be a problem when it drys out.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tagwex wrote:
Is that what passes for soil in Nordieland?
Too much moisture in the soil. Rake it over and let it dry out. Mould is no harm to plants.
Told you that your sceogh is leaking!!!
Nope, it's bone dry, too dry!

PS the sceogh is several feet below this border. If a 'leak' made it as far as the border 'mould' would be the least of our problems - the house would be knee deep in water!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Did you add a top dressing if so this is a fungus growing on it should not be a problem when it drys out.
Nope, this is several inches UNDER the surface. I only found it when digging a hole to plant something.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The triffids are back again.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a NI lab you could send it to? There used to be a grassland research station over at Castle Archdale.
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