These are sprouting up in clusters on the mulch I spread last season, around a small pond, under a flowering crabapple tree. They are adhered to the mulch, not loose orbs. Color 'beige', @ 1/4" or less in diameter and some are opened. The 'filling' is a creamy white goo. Have you any idea what they are?
That is one of many bird's nest fungi. Those "eggs" you see are the spore bearing surface.
These guys are very beneficial to soil, as they break down organic material into nutrients very fast.
If any fungi were to be considered a garden friend... these would be it. Please do not take steps to remove them, as they are difficult to rid, and doing so will, effectively, will cause harm to your plant.
I have found one of our articles pertaining to this little garden friend. This will give you a good read:
I found this in my garden today. It does seem to be attached with roots but I have never seen anything like it. Can't even find anything on Google?? Any ideas??
That would be Spinellus fusiger. It is a parasite that attacks other fungi. It is a fungus, itself.
Hi! I have some seedlings that were growing really well in a mini plastic greenhouse indoors. Then a few days ago white fuzzy stuff started appearing on them. I looked online and saw it could be mold so I propped the top open for airflow and started only watering them when the top was dry so it wouldn’t be too moist. But now there’s little white balls on the surface of the soil (which were definitely not present in the potting mix originally) and some of the surface has turned a light brownish gray shade and the seedlings look weaker. Is it a fungus? A mold? Can you help me identify it and teach me how to cure them? The seedlings affected are Chamomile, English thyme, sweet basil, parsley, and rosemary. I was hoping to transplant them into pots today, but I would like to get rid of whatever is afflicting them so it doesn’t spread to the new pot. Please help! Thank you!
It's a fungus from too much moisture. I would turn the tray around so the light is on the other side and they will straighten up. Increase the air flow even if you need to add a fan. You also can thin the seedlings since there are multiple ones growing in each cell.
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crusty orange outside, white under crust but like dirt under that
Not technically, but it is close enough to be considered one. Dog Vomit Slime Molds are very beneficial to the garden, though unsightly.
Their diet consists of bacteria, and when you see them it is likely that you have a bacterial infection in the area. It should be left to clean up your soil, as the bacteria present may harm your plants.
Here is an article that will give you more information:
Can you make a homemade fungicide? If so what is a good recipe?? Thank you!!
There are a few things you can try! This article will help:
The fungus has spread in clumps over a space of about 6 sq ft and the earth underneath is extremely dry. I have dug it out but it keeps coming back.
It's a type of mushroom. To eliminate them, make your soil less hospitable. They like shady, moist areas with decaying matter such as leaves, sticks, etc. I'm surprised it thrives in your dry environment.
My organic garden has developed a 7-inch layer of whitish sponge-like fungi that has spread about 2 meters by 2 meters. I went ahead and planted bulb onions in it and the onion leaves are not as robust as I would have liked. What are these fungi and should I be worried? Is there anything that should do? Any insight greatly appreciated.
Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. It does sound a bit like what is known as Dog Vomit Mold. This is good news, and bad news.
The good news is that this organism eats bacteria. This is what it will consume the most of during its life cycle.
The bad news is that your soil is bacterial. Usually, this means that it stays far too moist to support plant life. This is where bacteria thrive. Fortunately, it is where the slime mold thrives, as well.
I would let the organism do what it does best- It acts as a soil cleaner. Make sure to let the soil dry out thoroughly between waterings, if possible.
If you want to speed things up, you can use a fungicide to help treat your soil. This article will help you with fungicide use:
This article will explain more on the subject of Slime Molds: