Plant ID forum: Fungi growing in compost #1

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Name: kacee
sun city and banning californ (Zone 9a)
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risingcreek
Feb 26, 2012 1:40 PM CST
have horse manure spread out and age, and 2 types of mushrooms(not sure if that is the right name) came up. just want to know if they are poisonous and if i should discard the manure where they are growing. thank you


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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Feb 26, 2012 3:02 PM CST
Hi Kacee, I cannot identify your mushroom, but don't worry whether they are poisonous or not, just don't eat them Hilarious!
No need to discard the manure, on the contrary, mushrooms play a very important role in the ecosystem, they help to brake down organic matter into valuable components for the plants, in other words making the manure digestible for your plants. They are your garden friends and don't do any harm at all.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 26, 2012 3:11 PM CST
Horse manure is used in commercially growing mushrooms. In England we would often get 'mushroom compost'. I bet those are edible (but I wouldn't bet enough to try one Hilarious! )
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dave
Feb 26, 2012 4:28 PM CST

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Mushrooms in your soil mean you have healthy fungus running through your soil. The mushrooms are just the fruiting tops - most of the organism is under the surface. Fungi are wonderful for all soils.
Name: kacee
sun city and banning californ (Zone 9a)
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risingcreek
Feb 27, 2012 12:14 PM CST
thank you so much. i need to go read more about them, did not know they played such an important role in gardening !

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