Why Are Mushrooms Growing All Around My Carrots?

angelamcd added on July 18, 2012 | Answered

We have a small (10' X 4') raised vegetable garden that we planted this year. We put in two rows of rainbow carrots, which are doing nicely so far. I've noticed that there are lots of small mushrooms growing very closely around both rows of carrots but not around any of the other vegetables that we planted. We used bagged Miracle Grow vegetable garden topsoil to fill the whole garden box and we have a drip line from the sprinkler system to the box that sprays twice everyday. Any idea what kind of mushrooms these are and whether they could be poisonous? Is there anything we can do to prevent them? Thanks.

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Answered on July 19, 2012

The mushrooms will not hurt the plants. It is actually a good sign. It means that the plants are growing in rich soil full of organic material. It could also be a sign of excessive moisture, so check the soil around your plants to see if they are getting too much water. If so, you can simply back it up a bit.

Though they will not affect your vegetables, I would NOT attempt to eat the mushrooms themselves, but your carrots and other veggies will be safe to ingest.

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