All Things Gardening forum: This is not snow or ice

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Feb 2, 2014 1:21 PM CST
I picked up a couple of tossed out hay bales a few weeks ago. I wet them down pretty good a couple of times to speed up the decay process. I have picked up discarded bales before and I liked how they decomposed and the worms seemed to like them also. Sometimes I get straw, but this appears to be some type of grass hay. I walked past this bale a few times this morning , just assumed it was ice or snow remaining, then it hit me that all that was melted and gone. It looks like some type of fungi maybe, don't know but it is strange looking. Just don't want it to be dangerous, I know sometimes spores in the garden can be bad.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 2, 2014 1:30 PM CST
I wonder what that is. Maybe mold?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 2, 2014 1:43 PM CST
Yes, Rita I think you nailed it. I just typed in white mold in hay and up it popped. "White mold in the bale is the mycelium". If you get a chance look in the tree forum and see if you know what that is on my Crape Myrtles. Thanks. Hurray!
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
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Coppice
Feb 2, 2014 3:22 PM CST
Mycellium, the working limb of mushrooms.

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