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Name: Paula Willett
Tulsa, OK
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Apr 23, 2017 9:03 PM CST
Is it safe to add mushrooms growing in my yard to my compost pile? I know they are poisonous to eat, but are they harmful if broken down and added to soil?
Name: Daisy I
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Apr 23, 2017 10:24 PM CST
Well... My thought is that if your compost pile is going according to plan, it will be growing its own mushrooms. A few more can't hurt. Don't eat your compost. Smiling
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Name: stone
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stone
Apr 24, 2017 7:13 AM CST
Actually....
Some of those mushrooms growing wild in the yard.... Might be edible....

Not sure I understand the reasoning behind picking them for the compost.... Why not enjoy them where they are?

I useta get magic mushrooms growing in my compost piles.... Something wrong with the horse poop nowadays, it's been like 7 or 8 years since I saw any of the psyllicybin cubensis....
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Name: Porkpal
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Apr 24, 2017 7:57 AM CST
A European visitor, walking with me through a horse pasture, plucked a mushroom out of a poop pile and popped it into his mouth claiming all mushrooms growing in horse manure were good to eat ! ...?
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Name: stone
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stone
Apr 24, 2017 11:29 AM CST
I would not consume mushrooms out of horse poop that I hadn't positively identified.
I've seen pictures of toxic mushrooms growing among the desirable ones....
Name: Porkpal
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Apr 24, 2017 12:10 PM CST
Yes, I was astounded.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 24, 2017 12:35 PM CST
I think the manure used to grow mushrooms is heated to get rid of any diseases.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 24, 2017 4:24 PM CST
Manure is one thing, but unknown mushrooms can contain neurotoxins - nothing to do with what they're growing in.

I wouldn't eat any mushroom I couldn't identify for sure, positive! As far as composting them, I don't think that's a worry. As Daisy said, any and all mushrooms grow in compost and it doesn't seem that any of the poisons are transmitted by using the compost to plant other veggies.
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Name: Paula Willett
Tulsa, OK
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Apr 26, 2017 12:05 AM CST
Thank You! I appreciate your answers, although the mushrooms in manure wasn't too appealing. I have seen where you can buy compost with mushrooms in it but wasn't sure if all mushrooms were safe to compost. Stone, the reason I want to add them to my compost is because I don't have a lot to put in there, mostly browns and am always looking for something to add. Hmm, is a mushroom a green or a brown?

As far as growing mushrooms in my compost, I don't think mine has ever gotten warm enough to do so. I am still a novice and haven't had much luck creating a great pile. The stuff is breaking down, just very slowly. With all the rain we have had the last couple of weeks I doubt if it will get very warm in the near future.
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
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Coppice
Apr 26, 2017 3:22 AM CST
As a rule I don't pick mushrooms out of the lawn. Edible or not, they aren't worth the sweat to move,
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Apr 26, 2017 7:37 AM CST
Coppice said:As a rule I don't pick mushrooms out of the lawn. Edible or not, they aren't worth the sweat to move,

I agree

Paula, getting hot compost takes a fair amount of management, many gardeners don't worry to that extent. Variables are your climate, moisture , size of the pieces of stuff, as well as the green to brown thing, and the size of the pile. A few mushrooms won't matter either way on that equation.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 26, 2017 9:28 AM CST
Mushrooms would count as "brown" material I'm afraid. Green stuff is really green, i.e. it has chlorophyll in it such as grass clippings, weeds, carrot tops, salad greens.

If your compost won't get going, see if you can score a bag of grass clippings from one of your neighbors or somewhere. In some cities, people put bags of them out at the curb for trash pickup, sometimes in compostable bags.

I do agree, a few mushrooms will have so little actual plant fiber in them it really won't make much difference. They're mostly water anyway.
Elaine

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 26, 2017 1:10 PM CST
Isn't manure considered "green"?
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 26, 2017 1:30 PM CST
Hmmm, I guess maybe it would be, since it has the high nitrogen content from the urea in it.

Shrug! I haven't ever put manure in my compost, I've always bought it already composted and ready to apply.
Elaine

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Apr 28, 2017 7:04 AM CST
sallyg said:A few mushrooms won't matter either way on that equation.

Pretty much what I was thinking...
Is what had me wondering about the logic of removing them from the lawn.

Some people are concerned about toxicity, and to those people I would suggest leaving them alone.... Same as is suggested re snakes....

Of note...
I did used to have a stray cat that ate those wild mushrooms with no apparent ill effects....

I used to walk around with a mushroom book.... Collecting edibles...

Any more, I just enjoy them as attractive additions to the landscape...

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