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Asked by
Lili on
June 14, 2016
Garden Grove 92840

Q. Birds nest fungus in vegetable garden

I didn’t know what it was so I took it out of my garden boxes because it was so close to my vegetables. Was I wrong to do that? Am I supposed to get rid if it?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 14, 2016
A.

Growing likely due to a damp and darker location in your window box, this adorable fungus will not harm your plants!

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/fungus-lichen/birds-nest-fungus.htm

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Asked by
Kaylastahl95 on
November 15, 2019
58027

Q. Molding Potting Soil

The soil in one of my potted plants is molding. How can I get rid of the mold?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
November 15, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

You can just spoon it out and follow these tips to prevent more:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/preventing-mold-in-the-soil-of-a-houseplant.htm

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Asked by
earnshaw.pat on
November 18, 2019
Melbourne Australia

Q. What The Heck Is This

This was in the garden last night so I blasted it away with the hose. It was back again this morning. Any ideas what it is?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 19, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

It is a slime mold. It is quite beneficial for your lawn, actually. It is just a little unsightly.

I would leave it alone, as it is probably consuming some lawn infection- doing quite a service for your lawn.

Here is some information on the subject: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/fungus-lichen/what-is-slime-mold-slime.htm

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Answered by
MichiganDot on
November 19, 2019
A.

It may look disgusting but it is a completely benign fungus. In the USA, we call it "slime mold" or less commonly, "dog vomit fungus". Typically they are a 1 or 2 day phenomenon then disappear completely. Here is an article with more details: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/fungus-lichen/what-is-slime-mold-slime.htm

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Asked by
greyowl on
November 22, 2019
Oberlunkhofen, Switzerland

Q. What Is This White Fungus?

Pine cones and twigs that have been buried with compost for a year or so are often covered with a bright white fungus when I dig my raised bed. The contamination seems to be spreading. Any idea what this is? Is it dangerous? What can I do about it?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 24, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

That's actually what is breaking down those things in the soil. It is fairly important to make sure that it is broken down pretty well before planting, or it will leach nutrients from your plants.

The white mycelium that you see is fungal, but beneficial. Getting rid of that would leave your garden unusable for a short time.

Let the rest of that decompose, and turn the soil frequently, until most of the wood has broken down into soil.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/manures/fungus-growing-on-manure.htm

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