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Kaysville, Utah
Aug 10, 2017 12:31 PM CST
I have a half barrel planter with tomato plants. Every year, the soil gets a carpet of these fungi growing. I think they might be birds nest fungi. They are small nodules and very woody in texture. Can you identify them and tell me if they are harmful or beneficial to the tomato plant. I live in Utah where the temps are 100+ through much of the summer and the plants need frequent watering.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Aug 10, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Fungi ! Yes ! Don't hurt !
Probably beneficial. Add more nutrients to soil. Till em under.
There from incomplete composting.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Aug 10, 2017 1:39 PM CST
These are bird nest fungi. I would leave them alone as they help with composting. Or till them under, whichever you prefer. Thumbs up

Also, Welcome! from a fellow Utahn!

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