The Q&A Archives: Unknown Fungus

Question: There is a very strange thing growing in some of my raised beds. It's slimy and it looks like a cows tongue. It smells so awful, we can't get any where near it. I just found some new ones starting and they look like bubbles of pinkish clear mucus coming up out of the ground. What is this? How do I get rid of it? I have small children so I also need to know if its poison? Thank You!

Answer: Welcome to the wonderful world of slime molds! These goopy fungi (Myxomycetes) live on dead organic matter and thrive in moist conditions. You can rake it out and dump it in the trash. Increasing the air circulation and allowing the soil to dry out will help eliminate the stuff, too. It's perfectly harmless - it's just revolting to look at!

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