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Name: TJ Byers
Forest City, NC (Zone 7a)
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Jun 21, 2017 10:07 AM CST
These strange looking bulb type things are beginning to surface in our garden. We use compost in our beds from a local area provider. Any clue what these may be?

There are some garlic bulbs planted in that area, but I don't think that's what it is.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 21, 2017 10:11 AM CST
Looks like mushrooms to me.
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jun 21, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Yes, a fungus of some kind.
Name: TJ Byers
Forest City, NC (Zone 7a)
Tjbyers01
Jun 21, 2017 10:18 AM CST
Zencat said:Yes, a fungus of some kind.


So what causes those to grow in my raised bed? Too much moisture?
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jun 21, 2017 10:20 AM CST
Yes. Mushrooms and such need moisture to sprout and grow.
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jun 21, 2017 10:25 AM CST
After a quick search, I came up with inky cap mushrooms. Kind of neat looking.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 21, 2017 10:32 AM CST
I had some of those grow in the floor mats of my car once. Hilarious!
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Name: TJ Byers
Forest City, NC (Zone 7a)
Tjbyers01
Jun 21, 2017 10:32 AM CST
That's pretty fascinating. Very well could be it.

Not sure why they're coming up in our garden though.. 🤔🤔

Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jun 21, 2017 10:35 AM CST
Spores are tiny and can blow in on the wind or come in mulch/soil. They just need the right conditions and poof! You have yourself a fun little mystery.
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katesflowers
Jun 21, 2017 10:55 AM CST
I mulch with shredded hardwood and replenish every three years. I get Morel mushrooms ! Of course, I'd never eat them because I'm not a mushroom expert, but what a rare find and right in my own garden.
So finding mushrooms, fungus, etc. growing among the wood chips is not uncommon. If I don't like the looks of whatever decides to grow, I just wash it away with the hose. I know I don't eliminate it that way, but just wash away the growth without touching it (just in case it is poisonous).
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